Thursday, May 02, 2013

Former Pope Benedict XVI moves back to the Vatican

Benedict XVI moved back to the Vatican on Thursday, opening an uncertain era in Catholic Church history where an "emeritus pope" and a ruling pontiff will live as neighbours for the first time.

Benedict, the first pope to abdicate in 600 years, will live out his retirement in a restored convent in the Vatican gardens with a view of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica and just a short walk from the residence of his successor, Francis.
Benedict, 86 and in frail health, arrived by helicopter from Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence south of Rome, where he had been staying since February 28 while the convent was being restored, reports Reuters.
Francis, 76, was due to greet Benedict later in front of the convent, the first time they have met since March 23, when Francis visited Benedict at Castel Gandolfo and Benedict renewed a pledge of "unconditional reverence and obedience" to Francis.
The small building includes a chapel, a library for the former theology professor, quarters for his aides and a guest room for his older brother, Georg, a monsignor.
While the presence of a reigning pope and a former one is a new situation, experts say it would only cause difficulties if Benedict tried to influence Pope Francis's decisions, something he has promised not to do.
Shortly before his resignation, Benedict said he would be "withdrawing into prayer" and would live out his remaining days "hidden from the world".
Still, some Church scholars say that in the event that Francis undoes some of Benedict's policies while he is still alive, the former pope could become a lightning rod for conservatives and polarize the Church.
"Benedict almost certainly will be a point of reference for critics of Francis, especially in conservative circles. You can easily imagine them saying, ‘Benedict wouldn't have done it this way,'" said John Allen, author of several books on the Church and correspondent for the National Catholic reporter.
"That criticism will circulate on blogs, in journals, and in the pews, no matter where he's physically located, and Benedict himself won't be a party to it. If anything, being behind Vatican walls will make it more difficult for the opposition to reach him and claim some sort of blessing," Allen said.
Vatican officials have said the men, both of whom wear slightly different white vestments, would likely meet occasionally and perhaps confer on Church matters but that Francis is his own man.
"On a human level, it's hard to imagine that Pope Francis would treat the retired pope as some sort of 'untouchable.' I think they can certainly spend time together and exchange views without causing any crisis in the Church," said John Thavis, author of "The Vatican Diaries".
Benedict's two months away have allowed everyone to get used to the idea that he is no longer on the Vatican stage, said Father John Paul Wauck, professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. .
"It was a healthy hiatus during which Francis had the freedom to establish himself as the new successor of St. Peter," Wauck said, adding that he would be surprised if Benedict tried to influence Church decisions.
When the two met in March, Benedict looked exceptionally frail. But the Vatican says he suffers only from normal ailments of old age and has no serious illness.

cuddled from thisday


  1. Thank you, I've recently been searching for info approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the best I have found out till now. However, what about the conclusion? Are you positive about the source?

    my homepage; Louis Vuitton Outlet Online

  2. Hello, every time i used to check webpage posts here early in the daylight, for the reason that i love to
    gain knowledge of more and more.

    Also visit my webpage Authentic Sidney Crosby Jersey

  3. Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a blog web
    site? The account helped me a acceptable deal.
    I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear idea

    Also visit my website :: Authentic Sidney Crosby Jersey

  4. Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it ;) I will return once again since I book-marked it.
    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

    Also visit my page: Oakley Holbrook

  5. Fastidious answers in return of this difficulty with firm arguments and explaining the whole thing concerning that.

    Also visit my website: Evgeni Malkin Authentic Jersey

  6. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of
    valuable know-how regarding unexpected emotions.

    Also visit my web-site Sac Guess Pas Cher

  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about punch. Regards

    Take a look at my webpage Louis Vuitton Handbags

  8. I'm curious to find out what blog platform you happen to be using? I'm experiencing some small security problems with my latest site and I would like to find something more safe.
    Do you have any recommendations?

    Also visit my web-site; Louis Vuitton Outlet

  9. Hey there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I came
    to look it over. I'm definitely enjoying the information. I'm
    bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Great blog and fantastic style and design.

    Review my web-site - Air Jordan 2013

  10. great points altogether, you simply gained a new reader.

    What may you suggest in regards to your submit that you made
    a few days in the past? Any sure?

    Here is my web site ... Abercrombie Pas Cher

  11. I've been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts in this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this web site. Reading this info So i am happy to express that I've an incredibly just right uncanny
    feeling I discovered just what I needed. I such a lot surely will make sure to don?
    t forget this website and provides it a look on a continuing basis.

    Also visit my web site: Cheap NFL Jerseys

  12. I like what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work
    and reporting! Keep up the very good works guys I've included you guys to our blogroll.

    Also visit my site: Louis Vuitton Outlet1

  13. Very quickly this web page will be famous amid all blogging users, due to it's nice articles or reviews

    Feel free to surf to my weblog :: NFL Jerseys Cheap

  14. Awesome article.

    Check out my weblog; Abercrombie Pas Cher

  15. It's awesome in support of me to have a web site, which is beneficial in favor of my knowledge. thanks admin

    Also visit my web site;

  16. We stumbled over here different web address and thought I might as well check things out.
    I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to looking into your web page for a second time.

    My blog - Sac A Main Louis Vuitton

  17. I always spent my half an hour to read this website's articles every day along with a mug of coffee.

    Visit my homepage Chaussures De Football

  18. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all
    that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog!

    Also visit my blog

  19. What's up, yes this piece of writing is actually good and I have learned lot of things from it regarding blogging. thanks.

    Feel free to visit my blog post; Nike Free Run


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...