August 26, 2013

Secretary denies God told Benedict XVI to resign

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Pope Benedict XVI leaves Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24, 2012. RNS photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

Pope Benedict XVI leaves Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24, 2012. RNS photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI said the pontiff didn't resign because of a "mystical experience" with God, saying "There is nothing true in that story."

  • Zolicon

    Actually if God had anything to do with it Benedict would not have had to resign God would have Fired Him.

  • Alessandro, thank you for posting this clarifying article. Now there are two perspectives for us to consider.

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  • Rita

    Thankfully, for the rest us, you are not God.

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  • Marie DuMabeiller

    Taken on faith or not, I just couldn’t swallow that story or believe God would give this most brilliant of popes such nutty advice, which in turn spun such irresponsible journalism. So my gratitude to “Archbishop Bel Giorgio” for courageously dispelling this idiotic fable (which made me wonder if Benedict himself had gone off the deep end after Vatileaks gave him so much grief…)!

  • Bradford Fisher

    How would this author or anyone else know? I’m not Catholic, but I certainly believe that God gives us input from time to time as to what He wants done. If Pope Bennedict says that God prompted him to step down, I believe him. If God DIDN’T prompt Pope Bennedict to step down, and he is deliberately lying, then he’s going to find himself in hot water with God. I don’t believe that any devout Christian would lie about what God said.