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"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" - Galatians 2:20

I’m not surprised that the Pope has resigned. The Catholic church is in crisis, I believe. Reading the CathNews, this is what I’ve come across:

“If a Pope clearly realises that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign”-(Pope Benedict told the German journalist Peter Seewald in 2010).

In recent times, Pope Benedict has shown signs of fatigue and has said that “strength of mind and body … has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me” (CathNews).

The real question many are asking is, “Was his resignation associated with scandal and crisis within the church? A resignation so unexpected certainly points to either or both. Isn’t it ‘funny’ that as we approach Easter, the Catholic church is facing some ‘grave’ problems. I speculate it’s time for the Catholic church to come to her senses and ‘resurrect’ herself from these ‘grave’ problems.

The Pope was accused of mishandling the clerical sex abuse controversy in 2010 (cases of pedophile priests in Germany and the U.S). What then would be the exact reason/s for his resignation? I think it was Billy Ocean who sang, When the going gets tough, the tough gets going“. It does appear that our very scholarly Pope has now applied a literal hermeneutic here. Only time will reveal his true hermeneutic…..I wonder if he actually believes in papal succession anymore?

“When the danger is great one must not run away. For that reason, now is certainly not the time to resign. Precisely at a time like this one must stand fast and endure the difficult situation. That is my view. One can resign at a peaceful moment or when one simply cannot go on. But one must not run away from danger and say that someone else should do it” (The Pope’s word to Seewald in 2010 –CathNews).

Contradiction? You tell me!

I can only imagine the ‘manipulation’ among the bishops right now? It’s seems to be like the game of chess and somebody has to be the ‘pawn’. In the end, it’s check mate!

The fallibility of the papacy is evident. Perhaps, I should be invited to chair their next meeting? Keep dreaming D! But then again, does not the Bible say that the young men will see visions and the old men will dream dreams (Acts 2:17)? The problem is – Right now I’m neither young nor old! I’d better stick to ‘visions’. I’ll leave the ‘dreaming’ to the papacy.

I thank God that Jesus has the final say -Check mate! Until then, let the resignations keep coming…

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God -Micah 6:8.

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