Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope Benedict denounces ‘absurd’ speculations about his resignation

Catholic World News - February 26, 2014

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has denounced “absurd speculations” about his resignation that have appeared in the Italian media and on the Internet.

Pope Benedict’s words came in a reply to a letter sent by journalist Andrea Tornielli, who asked the Pope Emeritus about the media speculation surrounding his resignation. In a February 26 article, Tornielli said that he wrote the letter on February 16 and that the Pope Emeritus replied two days later.

Calling questions about the resignation’s validity “completely absurd,” Pope Benedict said that “there is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry.”

Pope Benedict also wrote that he retained the white papal cassock for “practical” reasons: “at the time of the resignation there were no other clothes available.” He also confirmed that he recently said in a letter to Father Hans Küng that he is “grateful to be bound by a great identity of views and a heartfelt friendship with Pope Francis” and that he sees his “last and final job” is “to support his pontificate with prayer.”

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!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($25,000 to go):
$25,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
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 - Feb. 26, 2014 11:52 AM ET USA

    It is especially moving to see B XVI still willing to communicate with Küng, in view of the latter's mumblings against the Truth. May all those that profess errors about Man, about Christ and his Church see the light before it is too late.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

Church Fathers: The Other Greek Apologists April 19
Mysteries, again and again! April 17
Tips for getting comfortable with evangelization April 17
The Shroud of Turin on Display (and an odd canonical case against it) April 16
The Vatican says the LCWR is acting Catholic. And that's news. April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - 8 hours ago