The head priest of the Roman Catholic church Pope Benedict the XVI shocked the world on Monday February the 10, 2013 as he announced his intention to step down as papal. The pope announcement to step down is the first in almost 600 years. The German native whose in 2005, became the oldest man to be elected pope in almost 300 years, will now become the first to resign since Gregory the XII IN 1415.
The Pope Benedict said in a statement before making his resignation official, “In other to carry on the job of the pope, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which is the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill ministry entrusted to me”.
The spoke person from the Vatican insisted that the pope had no current illness that would influence his decision to step down as pope. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said, “The pope decision to step down he had made his mind since last year after a trips to Mexico and Cuban in March that left him seriously tired”.
The pope dramatic moved to step down will paves the way for a successor to be chosen by Easter. Whoever is to be named the next pope will inherit a church at a crossroads struggling will many obstacles and controversies ranging from sex abuse, money laundering and etc.
The victims of sex and child abuse scandals that started under Benedict’s reign blamed the pope of failing to stand up to a reactionary movement in the church to stop it from escalating. Norbert Denef, from Germany, who was abused as a little boy by his local priest for six years and was offered a monetary compensation by his diocesan bishop to keep quiet, said, “we won’t miss this pope”.
Before Benedict was elected as pope, the holy father spent many years as a close adviser to his ailing predecessor, John Paul the II, whose health deteriorated with Parkinson’s disease and other ailment that left him severely debilitated should had been an example to influenced pope Benedict thinking about the effect of infirmity on the papal office.
There are many questions that remain to be seen, also on the part of the pope himself, even if it is a decision that he had some time ago, Father Lombardi said, “how he will life afterward, which will be very different from now he lives now, will require time and tranquility and reflection and a moment of adaption to new situation”.
Even though the canonic code and the Apostolic Constitution of the Holy See regulate the decision to resign from papacy, the occurrence was rare enough to have caught Vatican officials off guard. The officials, Father Lombardi said, “will have to brush up on specific questions, like whether the pope’s papal ring, with which he seal important documents, will be destroyed, as is the case when a pope dies”.