Whispers in the Loggia on the statement and the follow up statement
Jimmy Akin's 10 Things
Fr. Michael Duffy
Can the Pope retire?
Aggie Catholics 10 Reasons this is a good thing
Dulcius Ex Asperis: Long Live the Pope
Deacon Kandra: What happens next?
Rambling Follower connects this to Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical
Why I Am Catholic writes
Twitchy catches us up on the haters
phatcatholic gives us tips on defending the Papacy
Join the Novena for Pope Benedict XVI and the Papacy
Scott Hahn's Facebook status:
Back on April 29, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI did something rather striking, but which went largely unnoticed.
He stopped off in Aquila, Italy, and visited the tomb of an obscure medieval Pope named St. Celestine V (1215-1296). After a brief prayer, he left his pallium, the symbol of his own episcopal authority as Bishop of Rome, on top of Celestine's tomb!
Fifteen months later, on July 4, 2010, Benedict went out of his way again, this time to visit and pray in the cathedral of Sulmona, near Rome, before the relics of this same saint, Celestine V.
Few people, however, noticed at the time.
Only now, we may be gaining a better understanding of what it meant. These actions were probably more than pious acts. More likely, they were profound and symbolic gestures of a very personal nature, which conveyed a message that a Pope can hardly deliver any other way.
In the year 1294, this man (Fr. Pietro Angelerio), known by all as a devout and holy priest, was elected Pope, somewhat against his will, shortly before his 80th birthday (Ratzinger was 78 when he was elected Pope in 2005). Just five months later, after issuing a formal decree allowing popes to resign (or abdicate, like other rulers), Pope Celestine V exercised that right. And now Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to follow in the footsteps of this venerable model.
Check back for more as it comes.
I'll leave you with a smile:
Early media failures
Vatishock by Whispers in the Loggia
Fr. Longenecker on what "retirement" will look like
Send a word of thanks to the Pope
Authentic Bioethics thinks this sets a bad precedent
Michael Barber connects Pope Benedict XVI and St. Gregory the Great
|Stolen from Creative Minority Report|
Terry at Abbey Roads writes
Calah at Barefoot and Pregnant also writes - my eyes literally welled up with tears reading this.
The Crescat has a temper tantrum
The Anchoress has another roundup
Gregorian Rants has some thoughts on papal "bull"
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