Pope Benedict XVI to Resign: What's Your Reaction?

Citing failing health, the head of the Roman Catholic church has announced he will resign as of Feb. 28.

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign from office. The following is the full text of the pope's announcement, as provided by the Vatican:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.

For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


Jerry Kennedy February 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM
A brilliant man, a great pontiff. God Bless him as he spends his final days in prayer for us and the church he led so well. I am sad to see him go but I watched his health deteriorate and it hurt to see him in obvious pain. God Bles you Pope Benedict XVI.
Doris Cauda February 12, 2013 at 12:44 AM
I agree wholeheartedly. He led a good and holy life and now, he has the courage to admit he can no longer do the work necessary due to his age. He has earned his rest. May God bless him.
PrincetonIQ February 12, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Brilliant? Holy? Holy Life? He oversees a declining institution that continues to cover up horrific sexual plundering over decades, moving priests from site to site. He oversees a declining institution that says birth control is immoral and yet 80% of its members practice such. He oversees an aging, out-of-touch population of 70- and 80-year-old mostly white, and all male, administrators who can't relate to people who are in their 20s and 30s and who represent the future. I think they should elect a 40-year-old Puerto Rican from American and see what she can do clean things up!
David Smith February 12, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Funny how he quits right after the HBO special highlighted the Pope had reports on all the priests that were abusing kids and did little or nothing about it.
clamdigger February 12, 2013 at 01:13 PM
he did the best he could with the time he was able, after all he is still only human and sees his limitations as he grows older. I hope his remaining days are comfortable and he can be given a chance to say Mass on some type of basis and stay in touch w/ parishioners. Thank you and God bless Pope Benedict XVI
Alicia Kelly February 13, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Surely, he must not be praying enough for good health...


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