God sent me my holy P45, claims Pope Benedict

It was apparently divine intervention that led Pope Benedict XVI to quit earlier this year, with God telling him to stand aside, a Catholic news agency has claimed.

The ex-pope, formerly Joseph Ratzinger, has said he received his holy P45 during a “mystical experience”, according to the report.

The German pontiff, who sent shock waves through the church in February when he announced he would be the first pope to quit in modern times, had said his increasing frailness meant he was not up to the job.

But six months after Pope Francis succeeded him, the Zenit news agency has claimed that Benedict told a senior Vatican source: “God told me to do it.”

The “mystical experience” has even continued in the months following his abdication, “ever bringing him closer to God”, the anonymous source is reported as saying.

According to Italian media, Benedict’s decision to step down was influenced by the various scandals that blighted his eight-year papacy, including the arrest of his personal butler for leaking private documents alleging corruption in the Vatican.

He was succeeded by Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who was elected as the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years.

Benedict, known for PR blunders and lack of people skills, has admitted that his popular successor is better suited to the job.

“The more I see Francis’s charisma, the more I realise the choice was the will of God,” he reportedly said.

Benedict, who enjoys the somewhat contradictory title of Pope Emeritus, lives in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta residence, a few hundred yards from his successor.

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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2 Responses to God sent me my holy P45, claims Pope Benedict

  1. These were perhaps not the most appropriate photos to be placed side by side; surely a comparison will be forthcoming. As the usual finger pointer I humbly submit my appraisal of the two photos:-
    Pope Emeritus Benedict — defiant smirk instead of a gentle smile; huge thick gold chain and cross around his neck.
    Pope Francis — Sweet very genuine smile which reaches out; steel looking chain and cross around his neck
    WHO COMES ACROSS AS a “MAN OF GOD” ???????

  2. I believe both of them have their virtues.Both are holy men of God,However the internal pressure on Pope Emeritus Benedict may have been too tough for him to administer. Its the rot within the administration and the serpents and wolves that tormented Pope Emeritus Benedict which he was not able to handle that caused him to step down. Pope Francis could be of a tougher material.
    This could also be the reason Our Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay said that one needs to be to ” Thick Skin”.

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