Pope Benedict Resigns Amidst Threats of Criminal Prosecution. {UPDATED}

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on Feb 11, 2013
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Update: It appears that Pope Benedict’s resignation was precipitated by pending criminal charges, for protecting sexual abusers within the Church for decades. The Vatican has stated they will give him permanent asylum.

Church officials have stated that, “His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless.”

It is a pity that the Church officials consider the vulnerability of one man to be of higher significance than hundreds of young children. ~ ed.


Pope Benedict’s resignation statement.

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.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


Benedict XVI was one of the oldest new popes in history when he was elected in 2005. He will be 86 years old in April. (Source)

The last Pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII (1406–1415) (Source)

The last Pope to resign voluntarily was Pope Saint Celestine V (1215 – 19 May 1296). (Source)

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7 Responses to “Pope Benedict Resigns Amidst Threats of Criminal Prosecution. {UPDATED}”

  1. emer says:

    This is just a translation – would have loved to read it in Latin.

  2. nicole says:

    what a bunch of bullshit

  3. Paula says:

    The head pimp of the largest child rape bordello in history will walk, and good cultists will still call themselves Catholic. I don't understand how those people can not rise up and demand justice – or at the very least, disassociate themselves from that forever tainted criminal organization, its beliefs, and its practices. After all he & his well-protected rapist priests have done, after all that is now known, and the more & worse that is sure to come, to be a Catholic is to be complicit. I am so deeply angry at the betrayal of these criminals, and the pathetic willful blindness of their accomplices.

  4. pete toman says:

    his travels are over now i no he will never go to trial I no his condicions will be beter than most prisoners but he will soon hope he start life in prison i hope he rotts there what i do no the catholic church wont be able to lift there heads as long as hes alive He ll proably live to 100

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  6. Rodney says:

    What prophet ever resigned in the bible? I thought they are commissioned from and only he can set you free from your spiritual obligations. CEO s now they resign from there business practices popes or gods chosen die off

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