Resignation in the Roman Catholic Church- what does it really mean?

So the big news is that Pope Benedict,  the 16th, (or as CBS news put it: “Pope Benedict VXI”), will resign his position as head of the Roman Catholic Church. This would be the first resignation for almost 600 years so it is slightly out of the norm. Now why would he do this? He wants to spend more time with the family? No, that can’t be right as the Catholic Church doesn’t let men called to be “priests,” have a wife and children, in compete contradiction to the Word of God. No, he gave the reason in a morning meeting of Vatican cardinals Monday. Benedict stated in Latin that “his ‘strength of mind and body’ had diminished and that he couldn’t carry on”. That is the sort of thing that one really cannot express in any language other than Latin.

Sorry but I wonder, what was the real reason for his resignation. Lack of strength of mind and body didn’t stop John Paul II from going until he died of old age. JP II’s immediate predecessor, John Paul I, was spared the decision. Someone apparently made it for him according to investigative journalist David Yallop’s excellent book, In God’s Name, which provides very good evidence that JP I was murdered. News organizations have pointed out that the last pope to step down was Pope Gregory XII, who resigned in 1415 in an agreement to terminate the Great Western Schism. They don’t mention other interesting details, such as, as I mentioned in my book, how two men, Benedict XIII and Gregory XII, claimed to be pope at the start of the 15th century.

“A council made up of over a hundred cardinals, archbishops, bishops, doctors of law and others met at Piza. They ruled that neither “infallible” pope was the lawful pontiff so they elected a new one, Alexander V. He was succeeded after death by John XXIII, who called together the Council of Constance to deal with the division created by Benedict and Gregory, who were still refusing to give up their claims to the papacy. This council concluded that all three should resign, even though John XXIII was the lawful pope.  He resisted this and after a bishop accused him of many crimes, the council investigated.” It put John on trial. According to Catholic author Louis Ellies DuPin it found him guilty of:

“Lewdness and disorders in his youth, the purchasing of benefices by simony; his advancement to the dignity of a cardinal by the same means; his tyranny while he was legate at Bononia; his incests and adulteries while he was in that city; his poisoning of Alexander V. and his own physician.”  Wow, a pope who is found guilty of murder, among other things. No wonder the mainstream media doesn’t quite get around to mentioning that. Keep up on the news with the CBC, which will try to ensure that nothing embarrassing is mentioned about the Catholic Church, if my experience is any indication.


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