Skip to comments.Ratzinger gives reason for resigning: “God told me to”
Posted on 08/21/2013 6:05:38 AM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
God told me to. This was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIs reason for stepping down from the pontificate. An anonymous individual who visited Ratzinger about a week ago gave a statement recounting what was said during the private meeting, Catholic news agency Zenit reports.
Ratzingers decision to stay out of the limelight still raises many questions, six months after the shock announcement of his resignation, Zenit says. One person was lucky enough to hear the reasons for this decision from Ratzingers very lips. Although the Pope Emeritus lives a cloistered life, he does very occasionally accept highly private visits in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican which is his current residence.
During these meetings, the former Pope does not comment, reveal secrets or make any statements that may weigh on the new pontificate as the words that were said by the other Pope. He is as discreet as he has always been. At most, all he does is observe the wonders that the Holy Spirit is doing through his successor, or he talks about himself and about how his decision to resign was the result of divine inspiration.
When asked why he stepped down from the Throne of Peter, the Pope Emeritus said God told me to. Ratzinger then apparently added that there was no apparition or any phenomenon of this kind. It was a mystical experience. The Lord planted the seed of an absolute desire in his heart to remain alone with him, secluded in prayer." According to the source, this mystical experience has lasted throughout all of these past months, increasing his longing for a unique and direct relationship with the Lord. The more the ope Emeritus observes the "charisma" of his successor, Pope Francis, the more he realizes that his decision to resign the papacy was "the will of God," Zenit reports.
So it seems that not only is Ratzinger more convinced than ever about the prudence of his decision which sparked controversy among his closest collaborators, but he is also happy with his successor's achievements so far. In a previous interview with a German academic, Benedict XVI spoke about how he and Francis were in tune in theological terms. It is also worth noting that Francis never misses a chance to publicly praise his predecessor, whose advice he treasures.
Sure there is and you prove it. You simply choose what you want.
I can’t help you with who you know and what name you give them. Christians believe and obey the entire word; otherwise they aren’t Christians.
Catholics have their own man made teachings and are the ones who pick and choose to fit their man made teachings. Catholics do not understand God’s Word because it is spiritually discerned. They are a worldly group.
It’s not what I choose but the way it is. It’s like you telling me Romney is a conservative and I say he isn’t.
Anyone can say they are Christian - anyone NOT ‘hearing and obeying’ HIS WORD which is the will of the Father - is not Christian. God’s WORD is a Christian’s final authority.
Wrong. Keep it honest, I never said that - the Holy Spirit doesn’t talk to the ear.
Your inner ear, of course:what no one else can hear.
You have your own man-made doctrines. One is sola scriptura.
Never said ‘inner ear’ either.
There is ONLY ONE Jesus - Jesus is THE WORD. A bit over the top for cathoics to get for they are a worldly group taught by worldly men with worldly teachings.
I don’t see much real value in such a designation as you seem to be promoting. There are many Christians in the world who fall from perfection in accepting everything they should, or following through on living that out, and yet they are still Christians. Language just doesn’t work the way you wish it did. Christians come in many forms, from the nearly perfect to the very flawed, and there is no indication that they stop being Christian because of their failure. Bad Christians may be, but Christian still.
Think the way you want. When the time comes - it’s too late.
Some simply refuse to be taught.
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