Papal Resignation


The Holy See has confirmed the announcement that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI is to resign on February 28, after eight years as Pontiff since his election in April 2005. The Holy Father’s resignation letter said:

“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.” Delivered at the Vatican, 10 February 2013

Statement of His Grace, Metropolitan Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV regarding the announcement of the resignation of His Holiness, Benedict XVI as Bishop of Rome.

outlinehabitrl“In the first instance, of your charity, let us commend the Holy Father to our personal prayers for he is clearly deserving and in need of them regarding this decision. Secondly, let us join with the College of Cardinals in prayer for the discernment and guidance of the Holy Spirit in consideration of the impending Electoral Conclave. Let us pray too, that such a rare and historical event as this, a Papal resignation such has not occurred for over six hundred years, may yet stir our Roman brethren to consider again the proper nature of the Petrine Ministry in light of the Tradition of the Universal Church. Perhaps now is an opportunity to press harder on the deliberations of the Roman Catholic/Orthodox dialogue concerning the Petrine Ministry. Oremus pro invicem.”


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