We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Secretary to Benedict XVI says ‘mystical experience’ story is false

Catholic World News - August 26, 2013

Archbishop Georg Ganswein has flatly denied a widely circulated report that Pope Benedict XVI resigned after a mystical experience that convinced him God wanted him to step down.

The report, originally circulated by the Zenit news agency, quoted an unnamed source as saying that the Pope-emeritus had explained his resignation during a recent private meeting. The source quoted the retired Pope as saying that he resigned because “God wanted me to.”

Archbishop Ganswein told an Italian television audience that the entire story was baseless. “It was invented from alpha to omega,” he said.

Pope-emeritus Benedict does receive some visitors at his Vatican residence. But since his resignation took effect he has been careful not to make any public statements.

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 March expenses ($31,294 to go):
$35,000.00 $3,706.25
89% 11%
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: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Aug. 26, 2013 2:09 PM ET USA

    I trust this will put to rest some crazy rumors, including 'maybe he was told to resign, but that did not come from God'. May his prayers bring true blessings to the Church and to pope Francis in particular.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

Two links - moral relativism in elementary schools and charges of "genocide" in the Old Testament 15 hours ago
Don’t touch that Smile! Helping CatholicCulture.org by shopping on Amazon. 24 hours ago
Church Fathers: Introduction to the Greek Apologists March 1
Ad Imaginem Dei: a gem of a blog on Christian art February 28
The Complexities of Persecution February 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5