Lunch with Benedict
February 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Pope Benedict XVI, in a statement earlier today, said he is resigning the papacy on February 28 at 8:00 p.m. Vatican time (3:00 a.m. of March 1, Philiippine time) due to his age. He is no longer physically capable, he says, of exercising his Petrine ministry.
Benedict XVI says: “In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. “
Coincidentally, I reflected on this matter at lunch time yesterday six hours before I received news of his resignation. I was walking along General Maxilom Avenue to get to a mall for lunch when I just thought of this possibility. The other day my good friend Ralph Saberon and I talked about the Pope’s age and his ministry.
I wonder why I thought of it at that particular moment, and when I received the news as broadcast on my Facebook news feed after my shift yesterday, boom. Prophetic? I do not know, nor do I wish to speculate. My thoughts have no bearing on what the Pope says.
I was almost in tears upon reading the accounts from The Telegraph, BBC, and other news sites. As I saw the news feed on FB, I did not immediately believe. My journalistic training has always taught me to verify, and my verification brought me to disbelief, and shock. I saw the name of Father Federico Lombardi, the Jesuit in charge of the Pope’s communications. That hit it.
Tonight, I talked with another good friend from the media, Ador Mayol of Cebu Daily News and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, about the impeding possibilities of a Filipino ascending Peter’s See. There was no statement from the Filipino cardinal, but Ador says he happened to get CBCP President and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma’s statement.
I would like to hear what Cardinal Tagle has to say, perhaps tomorrow or on Friday when he comes to Cebu for an electoral forum with Dilaab.
Quoting Palma, Ador said “Si Blessed Pope John Paul mas weak pa daw tan-awon pero ingon sya nga nothing to be afraid of kay ang Holy Spirit man mag-guide sa simbahan”.
Trusting in this, I am praying that whoever will succeed will be up to the challenge, and that God will give him strength. As far as I am concerned I still love the Church.
We should all be praying for Pope Benedict and his endeavors, and we thank him for guiding the Church in its most crucial moments, especially in this age of moral relativism and modernism. Amen.