What Pope Benedict XVI shares with his notorious namesake

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Portrait of Pope Benedict IX in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome. RNS photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain (http://bit.ly/YVXkjo)

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(RNS) The last Pope Benedict to resign, Benedict IX, was an infamous rake who sold the papacy. But like his 21st-century namesake, Benedict IX forces Catholics to mind the gap between the mortal man and the sacred papal office.

  • P. Benedict IX became a “Dismas,” and not a dismal failure; in terms of his own salvation he was a hallowed success. Thank God!

  • Maria

    Mercy and repentance , like the Blood and water that came from The Lord is the lifeblood of the faithful !

    Trusting in God’s mercy and goodness lead us to true repentance ; Pope John Paul 11 was the Mercy Pope , dying on The Feast Of Mercy ; Holy Father Benedict possibly firesaw his role , to call The Church and the world , to the nextdeeper step , of repentance , through which the enemy claims are broken , the step in which St.Peter , at the shore , repents thrice , for his infidelity ; the Holy Father ha staken up on himself, the fallenness of the world , in the steps of The Lord , to repent and plead for mercy , which is what each of us too are called for , to do so , all the way , to our first parents !

    In our times when there are many in secular Govt . with authority over us , have subscribed to being under powers of darkness , it would be agood thing that we would be blessed with two holy men in authority , the future
    Pope as well as His Holiness , thus , to counter the effect of many other bad powers !

    Was blessed to have been able to see his holiness in 2008 – the light of his countenence , as in the case of Bl.John Paul 11 also , is all it takes for one to get a hint of his holiness ; unsure there are many others who carry such in our world !

    Too bad the cameras show us more of the wrinkles and weakness of the frame ; in case of Bl.John paul 11 ,that light was such that one would not even notice his fraility !

    His prayers would help many to become more holy !

  • Maria

    Aplogies for the mistakes in the previous post ;

    http://www.piercedhearts.org/mother_adela/guadalupe_star_evangelization.htm – would be good to read this article , on Our Lady of Guadalupe , the New Evangelisation and her words, as far back as the 1500s – ‘I am the Mother of all humanity ‘ , almost reminiscent of the promise to Abraham , being the father of many !
    Thus, interesting that the Holy Father calls Mary , Mediatrix of all graces ..and may be the reference to the brown shoes from Mexico – could it be , in his hidden , ever so humble sense of humor , to indicate the role of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of all , to come in to hearts and nations, The Spirit , to crush the enemy that plucks out the hearts of truth and goodness , the very life itself from many , supported by those in power !

  • Please listen to my ‘Open Video Letter to the Cardinal-Electors of the Roman Church’ at YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7IkyrUsTsU

    Thank you.

    Yours in Christ,

    Tim Earl of Stirling

  • dukeofearl

    I’ll pass; no need for shameless self promoting.
    God bless Pope Benedict XVI, his successor and the Catholic Church.

  • TruthBeTold

    Conclave Novena Prayer:
    Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send down your Spirit over the conclave. Let the Holy Spirit inspire the hearts of the cardinals, that they may choose the man most pleasing to You, as Successor of Peter and Your Vicar on Earth. May Mary, Your Mother and Mother of the Church, be our Advocate. Amen.

  • I do not think it is a good thing to put down your cross an easier cross, Could you see Jesus doing that or His Blessed Mother.

  • turzovka

    You think Benedict resigned because of the mental or physical agony it would cause him to continue, or do you think he did it for the good of the Catholic Church and the Catholic faithful as his primary reason? Clearly it was for the latter. To suggest he was running from his cross is total nonsense, imo.

  • Maggie McC

    C…John: Benedict is not taking up an easier cross. He is offering himself as a victim soul, in continual prayer for the Church and the world. “For the fervent effectual prayer of a holy man accomplishes much.” and he is surely a humble servant, laboring through prayer unceasing–his time not given over to audiences and various meetings and tours and other duties of of modern popes–but given entirely to meditation, fasting and prayer. Surely the Lord will hear and answer, for the benefit of all at this most critical time in history. We should unite ourselves with him in prayer.