Monday, February 11, 2013

Is the Pope's resignation foreshadowing a severe judgment coming upon the Holy See?

Pope Benedict XVI shows off his luxurious red cape

This is the first resignation of a pope since 1415, when Pope Gregory XII resigned to end the "Great Western Schism." -- during which there were rival claims to the papal throne.  (CNN)

After seeing its tax exemption status for commercial property holdings revoked by the Italian government; Bank of Italy and international credit card authorities suspend all credit card, debit card and cash transactions within the territory of the Vatican state, and a continuation of revelations about yet more financial crimes and crimes against humanity that are likely to be just the beginning of a mysterious hurricane of judgment against the Holy See - now the most anti-gay Pope in history, Benedict XVI resigns, effective at 8 PM Rome time on February 28, 2013.

What we're witnessing is a dismantling and disintegration of a 2,000-year old, corrupt, man-made institution.   Eventually, after humanity reclaims what the Holy See has stolen from us and hidden away for centuries, maybe a clearer image of Jesus will emerge.

~Madison Reed 

In a statement today, Pope Benedict XVI said:

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonisations, 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 recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil 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.


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