Pope Benedict XVI to resign, first pontiff to quit since Middle Ages

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Pope Benedict XVI is to resign for reasons relating to his health, according to a Vatican spokesperson. He’s the first head of the Catholic Church to quit the highest post since the Middle Ages.

The 85-year-old is due to step down on February 28. The Pope said he is “fully aware of the gravity of this gesture” but that he lacks the strength to govern Church due to age, according to Vatican’s spokesperson Federico Lombardi.

In a statement released by the Catholic Church, Benedict VXI said that “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.”

A reproduction picture shows Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in front of Petersdome in Rome, 1996 (Reuters / KNA-Bild)
A reproduction picture shows Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in front of Petersdome in Rome, 1996 (Reuters / KNA-Bild)

A Vatican official says they expect the period between Benedict’s resignation and the election of a successor to be “as brief as possible,” according to Reuters news agency. However, his resignation means that the Papacy will be vacant until a successor is chosen. A Vatican spokesman said that the Pope “took us by surprise”, suggesting that even his closest aides had not previously been informed of the decision. One said that he was left “incredulous” by the Pope’s news.

A conclave of cardinals will meet in March 2013, to elect a new pope after his departure.The Pope will not participate in the election of his successor.

In 2010, the 265th Pope said that he would not hesitate to become the first pontiff to retire willingly from his position in more than 700 years, if he felt unable, “physically, psychologically and spiritually” to run the Catholic Church any longer.

A Consistory brother said that the Pope’s doctor had recently told him not to make transatlantic trips for health reasons. However, his resignation is not due to any specific illness, according to a spokesperson. Following his departure, he will voyage to a Papal summer residence near Rome, and will then move in to a cloistered residence in the Vatican.

The last time a pope resigned was in 1415.Back then Pope Gregory XII pronounced the resignation, which the cardinals accepted. However, the last time a Pope resigned voluntarily, was Celestine V in 1294.

Pope Benedict XVI has been in office since19 April 2005.

Since his assumption of the title, he has been embroiled in the ‘Vatileaks’ scandal, in which his former butler was accused of stealing confidential information, and leaking it to journalists. The leaked data, which surfaced in January 2012, contained detailed exposes of the institution, revealing the power struggles, factional fighting and personal finances of the Papacy.

The reports also described competing churchmen initiating homosexual smear campaigns against each other and revealed a number of blocked reforms geared towards the transformation of the Vatican Bank – an institution already infamous for its lack of transparency.

The Pope emerged from the scandal as frail, indecisive, and remote, and concerned only with the spiritual side of affairs while blind to earthly misdemeanors around him. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone – the Vatican’s administrative head – emerged as a figure gaining increasing power as Benedict’s health weakened.

Paolo Gabriele, the butler involved, said that he “was sure that a shock, perhaps by using the media, could be a healthy thing to bring the Church back on the right track,” going on to explain his feelings that the pope was not adequately informed of problems the letters outlined.

Benedict hasreportedly been critical of his predecessor, John Paul II, for remaining in the position as he became too old and incapable to fully cope with its demands.

Israel’s chief Rabbi has praised the Pope’s inter-religious outreach, and has wished him good health, according to a spokesman.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is also expected to respond to the news later today, on account of the Pope’s German roots. He is the sixth German to serve as Pope, and the first since the 11th century.

Pope Benedict XVI sits during a mass in Santiago de Cuba on March 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Osservatore Romano)
Pope Benedict XVI sits during a mass in Santiago de Cuba on March 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Osservatore Romano)


Pope of the digital age

Elected on this post in 2005 upon the death of Pope John Paul II, 78-year-old former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became one of the oldest new popes in history.

Pope Benedict XVI is seen as a religious conservative, in line with his predecessor’s policies.

During his Papacy, Benedict XVI was actively involved in social media. He is online everywhere these days — from tweets on his @Pontifex account  to daily YouTube videos to a new app  dubbed ‘The Pope App’, launched just recently.

The five-star application received extremely positive reviews from those who downloaded it.

Pope Benedict XVI entered history as the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to join the Twitter microblogging website in December 2012.

Pope Benedict XVI posts his first tweet using an iPad tablet after his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI′s Hall at the Vatican December 12, 2012 (Reuters / Giampiero Sposito)
Pope Benedict XVI posts his first tweet using an iPad tablet after his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI’s Hall at the Vatican December 12, 2012 (Reuters / Giampiero Sposito)


World’s oldest electoral tradition

Popes are elected by a conclave of the entire body of Catholic cardinals. Since 1274 the officials are sequestered and not permitted to leave until the new Pope is elected, a rule aimed at preventing the Holy See from being left unoccupied for a long period of time. Papal conclaves are now held in the Sistine Chapel.

A candidate must be under 80 years old on the day the Holy See becomes vacant and must win the support of two-thirds of the College of Cardinals, consisting of up to 120 clergymen. Dozens of ballots may be cast over the day, if the electors cannot come to an agreement.

The results of election rounds held on a given day are announced to the people assembled in St. Peter’s Square, when the ballots are burned. Black smoke indicates that the election failed to produce a result, while white smoke signals that a new pope has been chosen.

It is customary for a pope to select a new name. The tradition stretches back to the time before succession of the Holy See was institutionalized. Pope John II, who became the leader of the Catholic Church in 533, felt that his given name Mercurius, honoring the Roman god, was inappropriate for his position, so he had it changed.

The procedure for selection of a new Pope was first formalized in 1059, which makes it the oldest method of choosing a leader of an institution still in use. The rules evolved, however, with details refined over the centuries.


24 thoughts on “Pope Benedict XVI to resign, first pontiff to quit since Middle Ages

  1. You beat me on this one about the pope – as soon as I posted and went on FTT I see you already posted it LOL . Maybe the next pope will be a little more freindly looking than this benedict XVI.

  2. No.. the Next Pope will not look anymore friendly . Most folks do not see the significance of the pope stepping down, this has a lot of END TIME significance . The Next Pope to take Benedicts place is the one to watch . Just wait and see .

  3. You all have got to stop with this Jew conspiracy for you are looking at the person, or should I say organization behind everything. It is the Jesuits that are controlling everything behind the scenes, not some crypto-Jewish conspiracy. I really do love this site but this story have given me opportunity to tell all you wonderful Americans that you must stop this fight against the Zionists and start your battle against the Roman Catholic Church, both physically and spiritually. Sorry for the rant but it is overdue. God bless.

    1. J-WS own ALL the MEDIA (6 khazar families own 95%) All our food has a J-W blessing fee (U or K on all food) Fed reserve(not federal no reserve) owned by rothchilds etc etc
      YOUR LIES AREexposed I dont know you kevin,but I am Steve Apple and you are a LIAR and a distraction,the whole world has awoken to the filth that is and always has been the J-W They are of their father no truth in the race only deceit,they are tics and parasites
      and as sure as the sun will rise they are going to reap what they have sown. I havent been on this site very long but IMMEDIATLY knew the TRUTH resided here so tell your masters THE LIES WONT WORK ON THIS SITE.

    2. Kevin, go read a book on Zionism and then come back. Otherwise, please stay off this site, as your stupidity astounds even the sheeple.

    3. Hey Kevin, sorry, but the Jesuits DID NOT WRITE THE TALMUD!!!

      The Jesuits and the Vatican DO NOT HAVE 400 NUKES at their disposal.

      They are pikers compared to the Zionist AshkeNAZI so-called ‘jews’.

      You need to seriously brush up on your history, dude.

  4. He’s quitting because he’s so old that even the intravenous Viagra can’t help him now.

    “No more little boys? I’m outta here.”

    He’s blessed his last cub scout troop.

    1. Hey Leo, what do you think of this guy as THE prime candidate for the antichrist. He makes all the right claims.

      He’s been my # 1 choice for years.

      1. Just because he makes the claims dose not fully indicate he could be the Anti Christ . But as Stated earlier keep yours eyes focused on this man .

        After reading this link you will see why I quoted this verse out of the new testament . Luke 10:18 I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven . remember there are NO such things as coincidences !


        1. Leo, my suspicions about this person are not based solely upon the claims he makes. Further research on him reveals that he associates with ALL the right (or WRONG, depending on your point of view) people. He lives in London, is a frequent guest of the Royal family at Buckingham Palace, has visited with numerous leaders of countries around the world, and is a VERY good friend of the Rothschilds. No one else I’ve read about matches this specific criteria.

          In other words, he has all the right connections, in all the right places.

          1. I understand . was merely stating the claims others make in reference to Cardinal Peter Turkson . Yes there are many connections he has to those in the elite NWO crowd . but so do many other elites currently on the NWO stage . Yes, as you indicate he has many connections . At the moment Turkson has my attention

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