Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope retires, cites advanced years and advancing ill-health

In a surprise announcement, the pope has just retired with effect from Feb 28:
‘'In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of St. Peter and proclaim the gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,’’ the pope said.

''For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom, I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of St. Peter.’’

The spin games to diminish his significance have already begun. END