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Feb 18 14 11:52 AM
Feb 18 14 4:43 PM
I am very happy to hear Socci saying exactly what I've been thinking for about a year. However, he's much more qualified to make those kind of statements about Pope Benedict than I am. . .
Feb 18 14 10:05 PM
Has he freely resigned? Or was he pressured or coerced, or heaven forbid, poisoned?
He's looking better in terms of his overall health than he was a year ago.
In all humility we will do what we can, and in all humility we will entrust the rest to the Lord. It is God who governs the world, not we. We offer him our service only to the extent that we can, and for as long as he grants us the strength. To do all we can with what strength we have, however, is the task which keeps the good servant of Jesus Christ always at work: “The love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor 5:14). [Emphasis and italics provided.]
Feb 19 14 3:10 AM
...was he pressured or coerced, or heaven forbid, poisoned?
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Feb 23 14 6:25 AM
The participation of the Pope Emeritus at the consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica is the most significant innovation after the renunciation of the papacy a year ago. Ratzinger had announced to wanted to live "hidden from the world", but yesterday he accepted the invitation of his successor and was present at the creation of new cardinals, among whom was his friend German theologian Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The presence, unexpected and unanticipated - although it is repeatedly suggested that Benedict XVI will participate in the upcoming canonisation of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII - but - it now leaves open the possibility that the Pope Emeritus may leave the semi-seclusion of the convent where she lives a few hundred meters from the residence of his successor Francis on other special occasions. When Ratzinger made his surprise entrance into St Peter's, the cardinals immediately rushed to greet him It is 15 months since the last consistory presided over by him, and this is an image destined to remain in the history of the Church and the papacy. In recent weeks, coinciding with the first anniversary of the resignation, several commentators have stressed the importance of the presence of Benedict beside Francis. Some of them have even hypothesised that reasons remain unpublished why the Pope remained in the Vatican, in prayer and dressed in white, as something more, some sort of "secret". Someone even spoke of "diarchy".
The presence of Ratzinger in St. Peter's yesterday could have trengthened these unfounded speculations. But Benedict XVI has just cleared the field of misinterpretations. Although he had been offered a place of honour, he wanted to sit in a corner, in the same row as the cardinal bishops, and on a chair equal to theirs. He was wearing his white cassock and coat. But at both the beginning and end of the ceremony, when Francis approached him to hug him, Ratzinger took off the skullcap as a sign of reverence. He has never done that before: neither at the first embrace with his successor in Castel Gandolfo, nor when he attended the inauguration of a statue with Francis in the Vatican, nor when Francis visited him with good wishes for Christmas.
These signs concrete and visible - the chair like the other cardinals and the removal of the skullcap - thus seem to be very eloquent.The humility of Benedict XVI is obvious, giving up a special place, and mingling instead with the cardinals. Francis considers his predecessor a source of wisdom, and invites him to be less withdrawn. His exceptional presence yesterday at the consistory is another step towards normality: there is a reigning pope who guides the Church and there is a retired Bishop of Rome, who lives next door to his successor praying for him.
Feb 23 14 9:06 AM
"The truest beauty is the love of God, who definitively revealed himself to us in the paschal mystery." Sacramentum Caritatis, 35
"We become witnesses when, through our actions, words and way of being, Another makes himself present." Sacramentum Caritatis,
"Without God, man ultimately chooses selfishness over solidarity and love, material things over values, having over being. We must return to God, so that man may return to being man." Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, Loreto, 4 October 2012
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