Maybe it is the word ‘Change’, but it all happens so fast; no warning for us to have a strong grip onto the sweetest moments that surpass the worries.
February goes with unique memories within and around us; Pope Benedict’s resignation has made really big headlines and topics to date. Unlike death of prominent people, unending wars especially in and on Africa, diseases…a list so endless!
Well as others rejoice over his decision (of resignation) – yes, not all are grieved!
Indeed a shock it brought, not only to the church, but to also the entire world- Christian or not. Never has it been, a Pope resigning, willingly since Pope Gregory XII in 1416.
Willingly he resigned, willingly?… Formerly, Pope John Paul’s right- hand’s right hand man; proof enough that enough mentor-ship he underwent, spiritual firmness acquired, what else…?
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger’s Papacy- which has lasted for 8 years, hasn’t been a ‘that smooth regime’ all the way I believe. He states in his resignation statement that after close analysis, he recognizes his incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to him due to his physical strength and mind which he says have deteriorated.
The Pope’s resignation comes at a time when the church, we are all aware is faced with a lot of challenges- which lie yet resolved, pressure from in and outside it keeps rising and a ‘one man’s decision these days is rare to make; believe me, no leader today ‘makes a stand by himself’ – it’s driven by the influence of minority or majority’.
The Catholic Church still faces it’s challenges, which the world watches, still.
Was his stand down, really his self felt decision?…or…
As a Christian, I hope and pray- just like the rest that the Pope’s standing down is ‘only’ for the good of the Church, and not bringing ‘worse’ to the world.