For the first time since the year 1415, which was 77 years before Columbus came to the Americas, a Pope has resigned. Can the Pope just quit? Apparently, but it hasn’t happened in nearly 600 years, and as far as I can tell, never before has a Pope quit citing health as the reason. NEVER. This is such a historic and sad moment that it is hard to fathom that it is real.
A lengthy statement was issued talking mostly about his failing health, and that quote is being shown on most major news networks. The part of the statement that I have yet to see shown in the 30 second news blurbs is the following, and I think it gets to the heart of the decision.
“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.”
In other words…the world in 2013 is just too much for even the Pope. The man who carries the torch of faith in a God and His son the Savior, lost it that God would see him through it. Once again, as far as I can tell, a few Popes have “resigned” but all due to mostly conspiracy and plotting and none because they just couldn’t hack it anymore. The position that upholds the rock of the church, Peter, has never seen a Pope just quit because the world was too demanding for his abilities. Isn’t that where the faith kicks in?
This is a monumental day in the history of mankind. For reasons past the obvious, but at this time I do not know what they are. Yet, if you are a person of faith, one can feel the ill winds blowing.