On the resignation of the Roman Catholic Church Leader Joseph Ratzinger

My Mother and Father always taught me never to say anything bad about other people’s religion. So, I will forgo the wish to waylay the Roman Catholic Church. However, because I am Baptist, and very much a Fundamentalist Christian —– I steadfastly refuse to call that man Pope, father, or anything else like that. Having said that, I was stunned to see this news this morning. Here is the official word from the guy:

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 barque 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.

via Vatican Radio – Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation at end of month.

I realize to many this man is like the leader of the papal Church and because of that, I can understand why many people were shocked to see that he resigned. First time it has happened, was 600 years ago in 1415; so I can see why this would be a great shock to many.

So, to you, Joe, I wish you the best in retirement; I can only imagine how rough of a job that can be. I mean, being the leader of that big of a cult Religion, must be terrible rough on a guy.

Blogger reactions from those I care to link to, Via Memeorandum, of course: Da Tech Guy’s BlogTwitchyThe AnchoressHot AirThe Other McCain,Scared MonkeysRed Alert Politics and The PJ TatlerAmerican SpectatorThe Spectacle Blog, , Outside the BeltwayHugh Hewitt’s TownHall Blog

5 thoughts on “On the resignation of the Roman Catholic Church Leader Joseph Ratzinger

  1. I think it’s significant that in resignation he stated he will be devoting his life to prayer.

    Over the last few weeks we have been reading the Letters of Paul at mass talking about the different gifts. One can’t always do what they once could, but they can always do something

  2. No comment. I don`t want to inhibit your thinly veiled animosity.
    I`m a Roman Catholic. Say what you will. If you TRULY believe what you say,then SAY IT. You`ll get no confronatation from me.
    With unconditional love.
    In Christ`s service
    Gene Henley
    Roman Catholic Judeo Christian

  3. Oh and Gene, I deleted your last comment.

    This is not a Christian Blog per se. It is a political blog, that just happens to be owned by a Fundamental Baptist. I have my position on everything; Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Masons — everything. If those positions bother you; please, feel free to read somewhere else.

    I’m not in the business of being politically correct to please people of the likes of you at all.

    Your so-called “Mother Church” was responsible for torturing and killing my Baptist forefathers. I have not forgotten that, nor will I never. Furthermore, your so-called Church teaches that Salvation only comes from them, and them alone. That is blasphemy and I will call them on it till I draw my last breath.

    Let’s not even get into the child molestation that your so-called “Church” covered up for many years, until it was literally impossible to do so anymore. Something that Alberto Rivera, himself a former Jesuit Priest exposed MANY years before it became the big scandal that it is today.

    So, next time you come here, and post a comment like that, you’ll be banned, like the rest of the idiot trolls who post here.

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