I didn’t necessarily agree with the Pope on everything during his reign; but as I’ve said before, I think it is both courageous and the right thing to do if he believes he’s no longer up to the task. In any case, this is a very good and moving reflection, I think. May Pope Benedict have a peaceful retirement.
Rocco Palmo’s Whispers in the Loggia blog has the following as it’s “quote for the day.” It’s from an address Pope Benedict XVI gave to the residents of “Viva Gli Anziani” (Long Live the Elderly), an old-age home in Rome, last November. As one who cares for an elderly parent – my mother, who, incidentally, is the finest Christian I know – I found this to be one of the most profound reflections on the richness of old age that I have ever encountered. So moving, in fact, that this morning I called my mom and read it to her, knowing that she would weep with gratitude. This brief address may also hold a key to why Benedict announced his decision yesterday, as well how he plans to live out his vocation during the months and years ahead.
“I come to you as Bishop of Rome, but also as…
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