Benedict XVI's resignation
Society of St. Pius X has learned of the sudden announcement about the
resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, which will be effective on the
evening of February 28, 2013.
the doctrinal differences that were still evident on the occasion of
the theological talks held between 2009 and 2011, the Society of St.
Pius X does not forget that the Holy Father had the courage to recall
the fact that the Traditional Mass had never been abrogated, and to do
away with the canonical sanctions that had been imposed on its bishops
following their consecration in 1988. It is not unaware of the
opposition that these decisions have stirred up, obliging the pope to
justify himself to the bishops of the whole world.
Society expresses its gratitude to him for the strength and the
constancy that he has shown toward it in such difficult circumstances,
and assures him of its prayers for the time that he wishes to devote
from now on to recollection.
its founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of St. Pius X
reaffirms its attachment to eternal Rome, Mother and Instructress [Mater
et Magistra] of Truth, and to the See of Peter. It
reiterates its desire to make its contribution, according to its
abilities, to resolving the grave crisis that is shaking the Church.
It prays that, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the cardinals
of the next conclave may elect the pope who, according to the will of
God, will work for the restoration of all things in Christ (Eph 1:10).
February 11, 2013,
on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
to the pope's announcement in Latin >
Benedict XVI's full resignation statement
courtesy of RadioVaticana.va.
convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three
canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of
great importance for the life of the Church. After having
repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the
certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no
longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I
am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual
nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but
no less with prayer and suffering. However, 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
St. 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.
For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act,
with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of
Bishop of Rome, Successor of St. Peter, entrusted to me by the
Cardinals on April 19, 2005, in such a way, that as from
February 28, 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of
St. Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new
Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose
competence it is.
Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work
with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon
for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to
the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and
implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the
Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new
Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly
serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life
dedicated to prayer.
Vatican, February 10, 2013
propter tres canonizationes ad hoc Consistorium vos convocavi,
sed etiam ut vobis decisionem magni momenti pro Ecclesiae vita
communicem. Conscientia mea iterum atque iterum coram Deo
explorata ad cognitionem certam perveni vires meas ingravescente
aetate non iam aptas esse ad munus Petrinum aeque administrandum.
sum hoc munus secundum suam essentiam spiritualem non solum
agendo et loquendo exsequi debere, sed non minus patiendo et
orando. Attamen in mundo nostri temporis rapidis mutationibus
subiecto et quaestionibus magni ponderis pro vita fidei
perturbato ad navem Sancti Petri gubernandam et ad annuntiandum
Evangelium etiam vigor quidam corporis et animae necessarius est,
qui ultimis mensibus in me modo tali minuitur, ut incapacitatem
meam ad ministerium mihi commissum bene administrandum agnoscere
debeam. Quapropter bene conscius ponderis huius actus plena
libertate declaro me ministerio Episcopi Romae, Successoris
Sancti Petri, mihi per manus Cardinalium die 19 aprilis MMV
commissum renuntiare ita ut a die 28 februarii MMXIII, hora 20,
sedes Romae, sedes Sancti Petri vacet et Conclave ad eligendum
novum Summum Pontificem ab his quibus competit convocandum esse.
carissimi, ex toto corde gratias ago vobis pro omni amore et
labore, quo mecum pondus ministerii mei portastis et veniam peto
pro omnibus defectibus meis. Nunc autem Sanctam Dei Ecclesiam
curae Summi eius Pastoris, Domini nostri Iesu Christi confidimus
sanctamque eius Matrem Mariam imploramus, ut patribus
Cardinalibus in eligendo novo Summo Pontifice materna sua
bonitate assistat. Quod ad me attinet etiam in futuro vita
orationi dedicata Sanctae Ecclesiae Dei toto ex corde servire
Vaticanis, die 10 mensis februarii MMXIII