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Tag Archives: Benedict XVI’s resignation
The Mazza Hypothesis: Benedict resigned as Bishop of Rome but not Vicar of Christ. Wherein Fr. Z ponders with a heavy heart.
I’ve been pondering lately. One needs to do this out of love. Ponder, comes from Latin pondus, “weight”. Hence, I am weighing things. Augustine famously wrote, amor meus pondus meum… my love is my weight. In Augustine’s time, gravity was thought to … Continue reading
In 2013, on this day 11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Benedict XVI announced that he would abdicate. There are still a lot of unanswered questions about his resignation. There were several strange events that preceded his announcement. … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have become increasingly convinced by those who say that Pope Benedict XVI purposefully performed an invalid resignation of the papacy. Does this belief potentially place me in a state of serious sin? I do not … Continue reading
Five years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would abdicate, effective 28 February. My posts on that day. HERE Lightening struck the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. The Feast then, as today, of Our Lady of Lourdes. I … Continue reading
Where were you four years ago. This is the fourth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s announcement that he would abdicate. My blog that day HERE You might also remember that on 11 February 2013 lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica. The photo from Agence … Continue reading
One of you readers – only one – seemed perplexed that I mentioned the 3rd anniversary of Pope Benedict announcing his resignation and the 3rd anniversary of the actual abdication of the papacy, but I didn’t write about the 3rd … Continue reading
Three years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI abdicated. My posts from that sad, remarkable day, HERE. For your interest and edification, Benedict’s Last Official Speech.
Today is the 2nd anniversary of one of the saddest days I can recall in the life of the Church. Benedict XVI announced his resignation. At first, I didn’t believe it. Then I watched the video. The Catholic Herald has … Continue reading
It has already been a year. What a roller coaster. What I posted last year, as Benedict resigned. HERE
Some people are suggesting that Benedict XVI’s resignation wasn’t legal and that he is still Pope. I wrote about that HERE. From CNA: Benedict XVI affirms validity of his resignation Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 03:47 am (CNA).- Today … Continue reading
Italian journalist Antonio Socci has opined HERE that perhaps Benedict XVI’s resignation was not canonically valid. Kindly put, this is a stretch and a half. Let’s see what he has to say. The first part of his piece is mostly … Continue reading
Benedict XVIreturned today to Vatican City after his sojourn at Castel Gandolfo. He will live in a building in the gardens behind San Pietro which also houses some religious. Here is a shot of the helicopter with Benedict.
Some lighter fare… though with a serious point. In Spanish: The Vatican prohibits the use of Twitter during the Conclave. “Let me in! I’m not Twitter, I’m the Holy Spirit!” And, from ZENIT, a recent photo it seems of His … Continue reading
Over at Catholic Vote (thanks Tom Peters for the link about the Cool Kid’s Conclave and I hope everyone will go read your information about the March for Marriage), there is a good examination of some fantasy literature in the … Continue reading
I’ve gotten a couple score emails today already about the fact that there was a minor earthquake centered near Castel Gandolfo, where Benedict is now resting. It must mean something, right?!? Hey! Earthquakes happen around Rome. Always have, and always will … Continue reading
I am sure an official translation will come out soon, if not already, but I wanted to savor the last official words of Pope Benedict XVI. I did my own, below. The last off-the-cuff remarks at the window at Castel … Continue reading
The Holy Father is leaving the Apostolic Palace to go to Castel Gandolfo. Some images… Our final view of Pope Benedict XVI as Roman Pontiff. UPDATE: The doors are closed.
From a reader in the combox under another entry: I propose that for Benedict’s new coat of arms, he should keep the keys but remove the mitre and pallium, replacing them with a white galero with 21 tassels. I have … Continue reading
There is a small candlelight vigil being held in St. Peter’s Square beneath the Holy Father’s window. Some webcam shots: