26 February 2014
No One Ever Wants to Resign. They Just Want to Spend More Time with Their Family.
Well, that clears that up:
Former Pope Benedict, in one of the few times he has broken his silence since stepping down nearly a year ago, has branded as "absurd" fresh media speculation that he was forced to quit.
Church law says a pope's resignation is valid only if he takes the decision in full freedom and without pressure from others.
"There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry," Benedict, 86, who now has the title "pope emeritus," said in a letter to the Italian website Vatican Insider published on Wednesday.
"The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculation regarding its validity is simple absurd," he wrote in answer to a request by the website for comment on recent Italian media reports.
The Vatican felt the need to push this story why?
Antonio Socci sure does rattle their cage. More than once.
Two "absurd" conspiracy theories dismissed out-of-hand by the Vatican, yet two major media efforts aimed to doing so-- the first when Cardinal Bertone took to the interview circuit to prop up the everything released/consecration done/nothing to see here line on Fatima, and the second with the major news services today reporting Benedict's reaffirmation of the free decision of his abdication.
I merely ask the question.
2017 approaches. Enjoy the ride.