Pope-Blogging to Continue

Don’t know about you, but my over­all take on this round of “Pope-Blogging” will be to see if the MSM has learned any­thing from 2005 about the nature of the Papal Con­clave, if it can hide its own biases against the Catholic Church and if it even under­stands the ten­ants of the Church.

In 2005, we had a series of wish list ful­fill­ment going on as lib­eral jour­nal­ists and com­men­ta­tors kept on demand­ing the new pope be one who pretty much was noth­ing more than “The Amer­i­can Cafe­te­ria Catholic.”  Such a crea­ture might fly in George­town cock­tail par­ties where mass is bypassed for “The Church of Meet the Press Watch­ing,” but the rest of the planet’s Catholics might have some­thing to say about it.

Any­way, as you know doubt have heard, Pope Bene­dict XVI has announced he will resign the papacy effect Feb­ru­ary 28th.  Thus, like 2005 with the death of Pope John Paul II, a papal con­clave will meet to select the next head of the world’s nearly 1.5 bil­lion Catholics.

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


May the con­clave go with God’s choice, as always.

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