11 February – Now one of the saddest days of the year

Nine years ago today, during a consistory with Cardinals, Benedict XVI read in Latin the shocking “Declaratio” that he intended to renounce “ministerio Episcopi Romae… the ministry of Bishop of Rome”.

Nine years.

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  1. Ms. M-S says:

    Some day we may learn all that prompted or forced this decision. That may be an even sadder day. God help us all.

  2. Skeinster says:

    But it’s still the feast of the Apparition of Our Lady to St. Bernadette at Lourdes.
    We must never lose hope…
    Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

  3. Paperman says:

    I remember before Pope Benedict resigned I went shopping for a new car. I went into a dealership and walked passed the sales desks. One salesman had a photograph of Pope Benedict on his desk and a mug that said I love my German Shepard. I bought my new car off of that salesman.

  4. Bthompson says:

    The great refusal seldom goes well.

  5. FatherAnd says:

    I think more Church authorities need to seriously consider Ann Barnhardt’s arguments. I investigated them recently and can’t shake their logic. I am praying that Cardinal Burke do so. [https://www.barnhardt.biz/the-bergoglian-antipapcy/]

  6. Josephus Corvus says:

    I am glad that Pope Benedict has been given a long life with his mind intact so that he can see the evil (not just cruelty) that his great refusal has brought to the Church.

  7. IaninEngland says:

    I was very grateful that the Bishop of Rome surrendered the title “Vicar of Christ” some little while ago. I recall that the first Vicar of Christ had not always been Bishop of Rome but spent seven years as Bishop of Antioch.

    The sedes, of course, is not vacant, even if the current occupant hasn’t told us.

    So, who is currently the Vicar of Christ? Do you suppose … ?

  8. Sportsfan says:

    Nine years.

    How quickly things come apart.

    It takes a longer to build an edifice than it takes to bring one down.

  9. Eugene says:

    This also marks the 9th anniversary of the start of my worst 9 years as a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

  10. misternaser says:

    I sent this link to my good friend who is not as “traditional” as me and asked, “Remember when you called and woke me up to tell me this?” She replied, “Yes. I miss him.”

  11. Mike says:

    The day the current pontiff was elected I had an article in CRISIS hoping we’d get a traditional Pope who would keep Benedict’s legacy intact. By the time I finished dinner that night, I already had started forming doubts about that.

  12. For FatherAnd and readers: as mentioned on a couple of other posts, generally it is not prudent to accept canonical advice or canonical opinions from non-canonists, all the more so on a topic where other canonists have not ventured to comment (and there’s a very good reason for that).

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