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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

BENEDICTUS PP XVI

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

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