The shocking news ;when Pope Benedict,relinquished his position at the Institution of Papacy

On February 11,Pope Benedict XVI,stunned the Roman Catholic Church by stating that he would be relinquishing his position at the helm of Papacy on February 28,less than 8 yrs after he took office.He cited advanced years and infirmity as the reason behind his decision to resign ,becoming the first Pope to step down in 6 centuries.

It was one of the shocking news that ever engulfed the Roman Catholic Church in recent times .The stepping down of a serving Pope hasn’t been heard ,nor,expected for a long time and nobody ever thought that he could relinquish the Papacy.It was a rare case in it’s own case,which came as a real shocker to the Catholic faithfuls ,while putting into consideration the power,influence and authority that is invested in the institution of the Papacy.

The last Pope to resign was Gregory,XII,who left the Papacy in 1415,to end what was known as the western schism among several competitors for the Papacy.

Pope Benedict,85,was elected by fellow Cardinals in 2004,after the death of his predecessor ,Pope,John Paul,II.And,in his words for stepping down ,He said that ,in today’s world ,subject to many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith ,inorder to govern the bark of Saint 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 extent that i have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.

At the time of his election in 2004 ,Pope Benedict,was a popular choice within the college of 115 Cardinals who chose him as a man who shared -and at times went beyond -the conservative theology of his predecessor and mentor ,John Paul II,and,seemed ready to take over the job after serving beside him for more than 2 decades.

It is to be noted that the Pope’s resignation is provided for in the Roman Catholic Church regulation under the cannon laws.It provided that his resignation does not need anyone’s approval ,but,for validity ,it’s required that he only makes his intentions known.”Should it happen that the Roman pontiff resigns from his office ,it is required for validity that the resignation be freely made and properly manifested ,but,it is not necessary that it be accepted by anyone.


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