Catholic leaders speak of shock at Pope resignation

CATHOLIC figureheads yesterday paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI after the 85-year-old announced that he would resign at the end of the month.

There was been worldwide shock after Pope Benedict XVI declared he would give up his position during a meeting of Vatican cardinals yesterday – the last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415. He will leave the post on 28 February. Reports suggest a new pope would be selected by Easter. (PA Pictures)
There was been worldwide shock after Pope Benedict XVI declared he would give up his position during a meeting of Vatican cardinals yesterday – the last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415. He will leave the post on 28 February. Reports suggest a new pope would be selected by Easter. (PA Pictures)

CATHOLIC figureheads yesterday paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI after the 85-year-old announced that he would resign at the end of the month.

There was worldwide shock after the Pontiff declared he would give up his position during a meeting of Vatican cardinals yesterday morning – the last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415.

Pope Benedict said his frailty made him no longer suitable for the role.

The Catholic Dean of Guernsey, Canon Michael Hore, said the decision was a shock because it has not happened in centuries but he could understand why it was made.

Guernsey’s assistant Catholic priest Father Stanislaw Gibzinski agreed.

Comments for: "Catholic leaders speak of shock at Pope resignation"

Veritas

It is understandable that the Holy Father finds it a strain, especially at his advanced age, and obviously this is something he will have prayed about and reflected upon for some time. And it seems that he deems it best to hand over that stewardship swiftly, rather than allow a prolonged period of increasing ill-health and fevered speculation about his successor. It seems that it was a shock even to those closest to him. The Holy Father will be the first Pope in 600 years to renounce the Papacy. Nevertheless, the Church does not have "policies" or "programmes" which change with the shifting winds of popular opinion. She teaches Truths which endure for eternity. So the Press can save its breath and stop speculating on whether the new Pope will "allow" female ordination, gay "marriage," contraception, and such like. He won't. Christ promised that he would be with the Church, to the end of the ages, and that the gates of hell would not prevail against her.

Ed

Veritas

I do not practice religion, yet I do fully acknowledge and respect that it is central to others' lives. I strongly believe that integral to the continuity of a thriving, rich and fulfilling society is the capacity of its individuals to appreciate and embrace the different articles of faith that exist within it. As an Agnostic, I neither completely believe in or totally deny the existence of a deity or repudiate that their is an ultimate moral code that one following the Christian faith must adhere to, but, at the same time, I believe in the concept of compatibility; the idea that a religious paradigm can be altered or have teachings that both Christians and Secularists may view as outmoded and bigoted so that it corresponds with a modern society whilst still allowing one's religion to flourish.

Therefore, do you believe that, considering that it is rueful, but inevitable, that the influence of rigid religious doctrines is fading, some teachings with regards to the belief in procreative sexual intercourse and the condemnation of homosexuality can be abandoned and the focus could switch to New Testament and recent religious teachings. This includes ones that argue homosexuality, far from being a perversion, is a 'condition' that warrants the individual compassion and sensivity- I believe that the Roman Catholic Church made a fairly recent statement relay outing similar to that. With concern to contraception, although it is a hindrance to God's command to "Go forth and multiply", such preventative measures are in accordance with Christianity's tenet of peace as they reduce the chances of conflict associated with unwanted pregnancies or STIs.

Human beings will compensate for not fulfilling God's order to populate the world by procreating somewhat later in life, thereby ensuring that both peace is created and the future for this sacrosanct (set apart) species is promising.

markB

Unless there's some thing in he cupboard we don't know about ... yet!

vic gamble

....so Veritas, you are rooting for yet another right wing bigoted homophobic to tell the usual old lies to his flock.

Ed

Vic

I wouldn't dismiss right wing politics as completely bigoted- yes,there are views that appear both intolerant and outmoded, but all perspectives must be appreciated. Although it is argued that right wingers are generally less intelligent than lefists, they still enrich our society with different articles of faith.

viv gamble

Ed...you should have been living in South Africa during the Apartheid years, where you would have witnessed whites using religion to carry out their evil bigotry against non-whites...except the Japanese, of course, who because of their trading with South Africa were dubbed "honoury whites"

So your comment about right wing politics is as about as useful as a chocolate teapot!!!

Phil

Absolutely, it must be a hell of a strain being party to the cover up of the abuse of countless thousands of innocent children, the needless deaths of countless thousands due to encouraging them to have unprotected sex, and discriminating against all sorts of minority groups due to a ridiculous belief in a man with a white beard who lives on a cloud.

Ed

Phil

That's why I suggest abandoning seemingly outmoded, bigoted religious concepts and focusing upon more progressive ones.

vic gamble

Ed... I hope you read my response to you ref. South Africa...there is no such thing as alternative progressive religious concepts...they are all litter bin bound....

Ed

Yes, Vic, I read your comment about the Apartheid and I have developed the theory of conjectural bigotry and fanaticism. Tragic, if not catastrophic consequences, arise when political regimes are centered on racist misconceptions, yet I think bigotry and fanaticism should still exist in abstract; people can advocate extreme ideals in their minds, but not have them put into practice as this will keep the minds who support such ideas and those who they discuss with energised.

It's intellectually and spiritually stimulating to have both an abstract and real universe.

Ed

Additionally, Vic, progressive religious concepts do exist as "Liberal Christians" advocate the use of contraceptives, per-marital and non-platonic sexual relationships as they believe that it is perfectly acceptable for those in committed relationships to express love in such a manner and they believe that contraceptives enable the Christian tenet of peace to be fulfilled as they reduce the chances of conflict associated with unwanted pregnancies.

vic gamble

Ed...you try telling all that eccentric nonsense to someone who has been pushed down the stairs in a South African police station...

Danny H

"I can do all things through He who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

Pope retires due to lack of strength.

Someone's lying!

Oh Dear

They are well known for their philippiant comments.

Doug

What's the point of all that praying if 1.2 Billion Catholics still end up 'surprised'? This God chap seems to keep his cards very well covered.

Island Wide Voting

There is talk in today's national papers that he will only semi-retire and will be hovering in the background to offer advice to the new guy once the fumata bianca has cleared

This arrangement did not work at all well at Old Trafford when Sir Matt Busby failed to make a clean break,so there could be trouble ahead

PLP

Some initial advice on the more procedural aspects of the role might prove helpful, but if he did decide to keep his finger in the papal pie for any length of time then there could well be trouble.

Old Trafford has Pope Ferguson now - but will he follow Benedicts example and retire, or take the more traditional papal route and leave the post feet first? Who will be his successor? Bishop Jose?

Martino

Nah PLP

Bishop Jose will be on his way to noisy neighbours Citeh when Cardinal Roberto is asked to step down at the end of the season. The red nosed pontiff will carry on at Manure.

plp

What will happen to Bishop Benitez though? Will he survive the Spanish Inquisition or be excommunicated from the Roman Church? It's not like he's popular with the laity either!

Martino

He'll go the same way as Cardinals di Matteo, Ancelotti and Grant!