11 February 2013: One of the saddest days in the history of the Catholic Church and larger modern society.

One of the saddest days in the history of the Catholic Church and larger modern society. One of the saddest decades. Ten years ago today.

The confusion, pain and division caused by this is still untold.

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  1. Benedict Joseph says:

    Has the event proved to be anything other than apocalyptic? Who could have believed even at that time anything good would emerge from his pronouncement? How could anyone be so naïve? Perhaps that, in itself, provides credence to the insomnia explanation. Who thinks straight when you are fatigued? All the more reason to have put the “emergency” medical concern on hold.
    Now we have a authentic emergency.

  2. Sandy says:

    It was one of those days that you remember when you heard it. Hubby listening to the radio told me, and I said “Popes don’t do that!” Then as I learned it was true, I cried; still crying for our poor Church, but praying also!

  3. maternalView says:

    Ten years ago I walked into Domus Australia in the morning to check in and saw this on the tv in the lobby. I just could not comprehend what I was seeing. I’m still not over it.

  4. adriennep says:

    Been crying about it for 10 years. Now we can only hope for Heaven.

  5. josephaloisius says:

    The only thing that ever made sense to me is that the Lord must have revealed to him that he needed to step aside for a Divine purpose. To allow all to be revealed. Otherwise, I cannot, in charity, understand his relative silence among the evil being propagated seemingly with his approval. I cannot reconcile that a man who had such a tremendous impact on my own formation would not be offended at the seemingly first post-Catholic papacy.

  6. Cornelius says:

    Disastrous day for Holy Mother Church. This act rendered my assessment of Joseph Ratzinger as permanently ambivalent: anger that he played the coward and quit, but tempered with knowing that I don’t have all the facts, which could be heavily mitigating, and so I must not judge.

    Perhaps we’ll only know at the Final Judgment.

  7. campello says:

    “Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.” -Benedict XVI

  8. Uxixu says:

    I regret this near every single day. Anger and disappointment we were abandoned. Sadness for him. Shame and self recrimination that I didn’t appreciate or pray for him enough when he reigned. Kyrie eleison.

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