Former Pope Benedict XVI says he is increasingly frail and in last phase of his life
The silent Popes: Why Francis and Benedict won't answer the .. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, had placed on an American cardinal accused of. In a rare public statement, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said that he is becoming of new cardinals on February 14, at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. “It is a great gift for me to be surrounded, on this last stretch of this Pope Francis, his successor, was elected like all popes during a secret. HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI. St. Peter's Square Sunday How alone we all felt after the passing of John Paul II – the Pope who for over All the Saints of God are there to protect me, to sustain me and to carry me. I was able to give an indication of what I see as my task in my Message of.
He may have stepped down because he thinks God told him to, and because his arm was being twisted, and because he was demoralised by Vatileaks, and because he feared a repetition of the chaos surrounding the incapacitated John Paul II. Why not leave it there? If we are in the mood to speculate, other questions come to mind. Benedict has not kept total silence in retirement. For example, in he spoke at Castel Gandolfo on the subject of music. This may be more diplomatic than spontaneous; it is hard to say.
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Only in December did the Pope Emeritus unquestionably stick his neck out. The Pope gave the cardinal no notice of his decision and no reason for it. But, to be realistic, who could think otherwise?
No one imagines that Benedict favours relaxing the rules governing Communion for the divorced and remarried.
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Francis himself appears to be in two minds on the question. He reminds him that, as a cardinal, he will never truly retire and must maintain his faithful witness. Benedict is signalling that he agrees. As an ex-pope who voluntarily stepped down, he is obliged to keep silent when his successor changes theological direction unless he strays into heresy. This raises the question: One suspects that Francis spends very little time thinking about Benedict.
Throughout the history of the Church, sacred buildings have been a concrete call to God and to the dimensions of the spirit wherever the Christian proclamation has spread throughout the world. They expressed the faith of the believing community, they welcomed that community, helping to give form and inspiration to the prayer of that community. The commitment of the architect, creator of sacred space in the city of men, is therefore of highest value, and must be recognized and encouraged by the Church, especially when we risk the oblivion of the spiritual dimension and the dehumanization of urban spaces.
Against the backdrop and in the context of the great problems of our time, theology and art must therefore continue to be animated and elevated by the power of the Spirit, which is the source of strength, joy and hope. So, allow me to conclude by recalling the words with which our Pope-emeritus invited us to hope, by evoking the spiritual elevation of a great theologian and saint particularly dear to him, and well known by our Prize-winner, Professor Schlosser.
On the occasion of his visit to Bagnoregiohome of St.
Bonaventure, Benedict XVI expressed himself thus: In a certain sense it makes its whole self-movement, to soar upwards and fly. Hoping is flying, St Bonaventure says. The Son of God will not let this happen; he cannot abandon humanity in so wretched a condition. He leaps to his feet and abandons the glory of heaven, in order to go in search of the sheep and pursue it, all the way to the Cross. He takes it upon his shoulders and carries our humanity; he carries us all — he is the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.Benedict XVI meets the 14 new cardinals
What the Pallium indicates first and foremost is that we are all carried by Christ. But at the same time it invites us to carry one another. And there are so many kinds of desert. There is the desert of poverty, the desert of hunger and thirst, the desert of abandonment, of loneliness, of destroyed love. The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.
The Church as a whole and all her Pastors, like Christ, must set out to lead people out of the desert, towards the place of life, towards friendship with the Son of God, towards the One who gives us life, and life in abundance. The symbol of the lamb also has a deeper meaning. In the Ancient Near East, it was customary for kings to style themselves shepherds of their people.
This was an image of their power, a cynical image: When the shepherd of all humanity, the living God, himself became a lamb, he stood on the side of the lambs, with those who are downtrodden and killed. This is how he reveals himself to be the true shepherd: It is not power, but love that redeems us! How often we wish that God would make show himself stronger, that he would strike decisively, defeating evil and creating a better world.
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All ideologies of power justify themselves in exactly this way, they justify the destruction of whatever would stand in the way of progress and the liberation of humanity. And yet, we need his patience. God, who became a lamb, tells us that the world is saved by the Crucified One, not by those who crucified him. The world is redeemed by the patience of God. It is destroyed by the impatience of man.
One of the basic characteristics of a shepherd must be to love the people entrusted to him, even as he loves Christ whom he serves. Feeding means loving, and loving also means being ready to suffer.
My dear friends — at this moment I can only say: Pray for me, that I may learn to love his flock more and more — in other words, you, the holy Church, each one of you and all of you together.
Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves. Let us pray for one another, that the Lord will carry us and that we will learn to carry one another.
He tells them to let down their nets once more, and the nets become so full that they can hardly pull them in; large fish: And Simon, who was not yet called Peter, gave the wonderful reply: Today too the Church and the successors of the Apostles are told to put out into the deep sea of history and to let down the nets, so as to win men and women over to the Gospel — to God, to Christ, to true life.
The Fathers made a very significant commentary on this singular task. This is what they say: But in the mission of a fisher of men, the reverse is true.
We are living in alienation, in the salt waters of suffering and death; in a sea of darkness without light. It is really true: It is really so: And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is.