VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy because “God told me” to, according to a report by a Catholic news agency.

Pope Benedict XVI leaves Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24.

Pope Benedict XVI leaves Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24.

The Zenit news agency reported on Monday (Aug. 19) that Benedict decided to step back as a result of what he described as a “mystical experience” that shouldn’t be confused with a vision.

That experience sparked an “absolute desire” to dedicate his life exclusively to prayer, in a solitary relationship with God, Benedict reportedly said.

Zenit writes that its report is based on the account of one of the few people who are granted a meeting with the former pope, who is living in a retrofitted monastery on the Vatican grounds.

Benedict shocked the world with the announcement of his resignation on Feb. 11, becoming the first pope to leave his job in more than 600 years. He told aides he intended to live out his life “hidden from the world.”

When he announced his resignation, Benedict told a group of cardinals in Latin that his “strengths” were no longer sufficient “to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me” because of old age.

According to the report, Benedict also praised the “charisma” of his successor, Pope Francis, saying that his actions as the leader of the Catholic Church show that his election was “God’s will.”

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  1. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    I respect and revere this great man. It is criminal–even grossly sinful–the way some-even some Catholics–have treated this holy man with slander and insult.
    He has been ridiculed and derided in the media as “God’s Rotweiler” or the “German Shepherd ” or even “RATzinger.”
    He was doing his job defending basic Catholic and Christian doctrine. Would that some other people would do their jobs.
    But he will have the last laugh before the throne of Christ upon his entry into eternal life. For according to what our Lord said in the Beatitudes, there is a great reward awaiting those who suffer because of their loyalty to Him.

      • gilhan,

        Catholic doctrine, is christian doctrine..the two are inseperable.

        If you referring to the sects who have splits from Christ’s church as being some alternative to Catholic teaching, and referring to them as ” christian” alternatives – then you are WRONG.

        “extra eclesiam nulla salus”.

        This has been the disaster of this period – the opinion, it appears held by yourself, that truth is found everywhere – and therefore the Holy Catholic Church is no longer God’s only source of grace and truth on earth. If that is the case – if that is your understanding – then you’re wrong.

        Outside Roman Catholicism and the sanctyfing grace she offers her faithful – there is no hope of salvation… only Hell.

        This has been the teaching of Popes back to Peter himself, and nothing has changed,

        This truth, and the channel of sanctifying grace thrugh the Holy Mass and confession has been clealry stated for 2000 years, until Paul VI and his Vat II confusion. And it still holds today…

        So with Benedict being the VIcar of Christ – leading the mystical body of Christ – it is quite probable that God asked him to step aside for the good of the Church; to allow a strong Pope to take up the battle against the Devil and the aggressive secular society that the Devil leads.

        That is our onl;y purpose gilhan, to live by the laws of the church, given to man via scripture, tradition and revelation, to save our souls from Hell.

  2. So Benedict had a vision with God like all the other radicals of religion. Religion is supposed to be about the pursuit of goodness in order to earn one’s way to a better existence after death. Even non-theists pursue goodness for a better life during its own time. But the study of religion shows that from its start in many ancient mythologies to the sophisticated refinements of theology today, religion, in its managers and so many of its followers, is an outrageous practice of evil.

    In Benedict’s church, the sacraments were developed to give the male clergy, in its hierarchical order, control over all other adherents from cradle to grave. Study your sacramental history. The refinements in Reformation churches were great clarifications of those exorbitant notions, but they unfortunately did not lead to a purifying of church or church members.

    To claim that the Christian church is a pursuit of the principles of Jesus, “The Model of the Holy,” has clashed badly with actual practice especially since the non-Chrstian emperor Constantine took over the early Jesus communities for his political gain at his Council of Nicaea in 325. All connections to the results of that council and the later church should be eradicated, including its famous Nicene creed.

    Without returning to any of the counterfeit notions of church that have followed the slaughter of Jesus on the cross as a troublesome rebel, it is vital that people study all the writings about Jesus–since he did no writing himself, and none was done in his own time–in order to select and formulate a new idea of church that genuinely reflects goodness in all aspects. That means going beyond the New Testament canon.

    That cannot be done with the maintenance of any subservience among followers. It demands study. It demands learning. The concept of church demands thinking. It demands a form of democracy that is absolutely dependent on study, learning, and thinking. That would be a democracy that is real and very different than that claimed to have ever existed in any secular nation so far, including the Untied States. Real democracy cannot exist without an informed, thinking, and wise choice of leadership by constituents, not even church democracy.

  3. Man’s will is so easily distorted to be the will of God! Benedict now needs to define the difference between a vision and a mystical experience. Perhaps it would be better for Benedict to remain silent as he inferred he would by parking his miter in the Vatican’s monastic gardens instead of properly separating himself from the seat of papal power by returning to Germany. I expect we will continue to hear these disclosures from intimates who are granted an audience with his Emeritus Holiness. That’s what I call a genuine retirement from the world.

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