Skip to comments.Retired Pope’s Secretary Says ‘Mystical Experience’ Story is Untrue
Posted on 08/26/2013 3:25:04 PM PDT by marshmallow
VATICAN CITY Archbishop Georg Ganswein, retired Pope Benedict XVIs longtime personal secretary, said a story about the pope resigning after a mystical experience was completely invented.
It was invented from alpha to omega, the archbishop said Aug. 24 in an interview on Italys Canale 5 television news. There is nothing true in the article.
In a report Aug. 19, the Italian service of Zenit, a Catholic news agency, said someone who had visited Pope Benedict a few weeks ago had asked him why he resigned. God told me to, the retired pope was quoted as responding before immediately clarifying that it was not any kind of apparition of phenomenon of that kind, but rather a mystical experience in which the Lord gave rise in his heart to an absolute desire to remain alone with him in prayer.
When Pope Benedict announced his resignation in February, he said he had done so after intense prayer and that he intended to live the rest of his life praying and studying.
Some Vatican officials and Vatican watchers were surprised by Zenits report of Pope Benedict telling an anonymous visitor that his decision was the result of some form of extraordinary mystical experience rather than a decision made after long and careful thought and deep prayer. Catholics traditionally would consider that kind of intense prayer a mystical experience, although not something extraordinary.
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OH, good gravy. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
What does the Pope (or ex-pope) say about this. I like the mystical story!
Zot only knows.
:)Make a story up.
Then that would be the right Church for you then.
I prefer anything Mystical or Spiritual removed from my religion. I’m with you Bob!
He got an offer he couldn’t refuse!
Ratzinger gives reason for resigning: God told me to
Dont Popes usually go riding off into the sunset?
HA! To all those Catholics that bought into the “mystical experience” perhaps now they will develop a more discerning spirit. One can only hope.