Benedict XVI: Resignation Valid

(Vatican Radio) The Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has lamented what he calls “absurd speculations” about his resignation in a letter to Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, of the newspaper La Stampa. The Pope-emeritus was responding to a question about recent newspaper theories surrounding the validity of his resignation one year ago.
“There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry,” Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI wrote. He said the only condition for the validity of his resignation was the complete freedom of his decision. He called speculation regarding its validity “simply absurd.”
He also clarified he continued to wear the white cassock and kept the name Benedict for “purely practical reasons,” noting that at the moment of his resignation there were no other clothes available.
In any case, he added that he wears the white cassock in a visibly different way to how the reigning Pope wears it. He called questions about his attire another case of “completely unfounded speculation”.
The Pope-emeritus also confirmed the accuracy of media reports about another letter he wrote to a friend. In that letter, he said he is “grateful to be bound by a great identity of views and a heartfelt friendship with Pope Francis”, and sees his “last and final job to support his pontificate with prayer.”

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One comment on “Benedict XVI: Resignation Valid

  1. I read where Josef said he’s still wearing papal cassocks (white) because there were no black ones available. ‘Scuse me? We’re being asked to believe that if he had asked Archbishop. Ganswein, or the pope’s butler, to find him a black cassock, that it wouldn’t have been done in a heartbeat? This business of continuing to put on a “papal image” in terms of what he wears, how he is addressed, and where he lives is after resigning the papacy is something I just can’t buy. It is typical of the modernist mindset – i.e, that there can be two popes living at the same time or that all the bishops can be sharers of papal authority (in terms of what they bind and loose) as long as they adhere to the “collegiality” theory espoused by the Modernists. No, I’m sorry, I don’t agree. If a pope resigns his office, he’s no longer the pope, is no longer addressed as such and reverts to his previous canonical title – in this case Cardinal Josef Ratzinger. And, perhaps most important, he loses papal authority.

    By the way, there’s a video making the rounds these days of a little boy dressed up in clothes similar to what Jorge wears and crying his eyes out as Jorge attempts to pose with him in his arms. Is this an omen? Could be, folks, could be.

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