Best Analysis-Commentary on Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

vatican-hit-by-lighting-as-pope-says-he-is-stepping-downThis is the best analysis I’ve found of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.  The author is trustworthy as a Catholic faithful to the teachings of the Church.

Unlike me, who immediately took to my blog first to love and support the Pope, then to proclaim my hope for the future and then to defend the faith from jerks 🙂 —yes, unlike me, this author Steve Jalsevac over at Lifesite News, took a few days to process the news. And his article here shows excellent reason and discernment to the truth about what all of this means for the Catholic Church in the world.

Here is an excerpt, and then please click here to find the entirety of his message:

February 14, 2013, ( – Since Pope Benedict’s shock announcement Monday, I have held off commenting. Time was needed to step back and consider just what  this astounding action from the world’s leading defender of life and family really meant. It was an earthquake announcement that had to have greater significance than the Pope merely being tired and worn out.  The two lightning strikes onto the dome of St. Peter’s that evening added an uncanny emphasis that the Pope’s action demanded the world’s attention.


A Sanguine’s Take On Pope Benedict’s Resignation


‎”I, too, hope in this short reign to be a man of peace.”(Pope Benedict XVI)

So many gloom and doomers out there.  And the twitterverse is disgusting over the news of Pope Benedicts resignation.

Pope Benedict loves the Church. He would only resign if he thought it best for the Church–there is humility and an obvious patience to this decision at all!  I’m sure he wants to have a say in who the next Pope is before he dies so we don’t get one that will take us down the wrong path.

I have a good feeling about this! I’m confident Pope Benedict in prayer knows God will give us the next right head. I am confident and hopeful! Prayers for Pope Benedict and all of us.

As he says in his opening paragraph of his encyclical on Hope (Christ Our Hope), “The present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey”

This link shows the composition of the make up of the conclave who will be electing the new pope.

Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonisations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church.

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. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.

For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

More from the Vatican blog on the composition of the conclave:

Vatican City, 11 February 2013 (VIS) – The conclave to elect the successor of Benedict XVI will be regulated by the “Ordo Rituum Conclavis” established by John Paul II’s apostolic constitution “Universi Dominici Gregis”, para. 27. The Cardinal Camerlengo, who has a fundamental role during the Sede Vacante period, is Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed by Benedict XVI on 4 April 2007.

The Cardinal electors, by their continents of provenance, will be 61 Europeans, 19 Latin Americans, 14 North Americans, 11 Africans, 11 Asians, and 1 from Oceania. These figures may vary depending on the date that the conclave opens: for example, Cardinal Walter Kasper will turn 80 on 5 March. The country with the greatest number of Cardinal electors is Italy, with 21. Sixty-seven of the electors were created by Benedict XVI and the remaining 50 by John Paul II.

One of John Paul II’s innovations regarding the period of conclave is that the Cardinal electors―of whom there will be 117 on 28 February―will be housed in the Vatican residence Casa Santa Marta, which is independent from the place where they vote, the Sistine Chapel.

The Cardinal electors must remain in the Vatican during the entire period of conclave, and no one can approach them when they move from the Sistine Chapel to their place of residence or vice versa. All forms of communication with the outside world are prohibited. As in the past, the Sistine Chapel stove will be used to burn the ballots after each vote.
Published by VISarchive 02 – Monday, February 11, 2013