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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.”

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  • 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?

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