Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope’s brother says Pontiff pondered resignation for several months

Catholic World News - February 13, 2013

Pope Benedict’s brother has told reporters that the Pontiff pondered over a period of several months his surprise decision to resign.

“He has been thinking about it for several months,” said Msgr. Georg Ratzinger. “He concluded that his powers are falling victim to age” and that the Pope “feels that a younger person is needed to deal with the problems of the times.”

Reports of “intrigues are a fairy tale,” he added. “There were no intrigues against him.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($33,668 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,332.00
96% 4%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Contrary1995 - Feb. 13, 2013 11:10 PM ET USA

    It is a sad irony that Joseph Ratzinger, the incisive critic of the modern mindset, has adopted the language of modern functionalism to justify his resignation. We must pray incessantly for him. He has experienced great lonliness and sadness without the proper support network in Rome to help him through it. Perhaps he will re-read JPII's inaugural homily and hear the voice of the Lord ask: quo vadis?

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision 17 hours ago
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited 22 hours ago
A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30
In the Aftermath of Obergefell June 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4