Bishop Campbell of Lancaster issues statement on resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster has issued a statement on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:

The news of Pope Benedict XVI’s impending resignation at the end of February will have come as a shock and a cause of sadness to many Catholics and to numerous others,believers and non-believers alike. The burden of the Petrine office is a heavy one and the Church can be immensely grateful for the willingness of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in assuming such a responsibility at his age in 2005. We can but admire his courage in deciding that he no longer possesses the physical and mental strength to continue as the successor of Peter.

Since his election the Holy Father has carried out his papal duties with devotion and dignity,and employed his many gifts, not least those of a fine intellect, as supreme pastor of the Church. Catholics in England and Scotland recall with pleasure and pride, as well as gratitude, his recent visit to these islands and the powerful impact for good his presence had on so many of our fellow-citizens.Being Pope, with concern for all the churches as St. Paul expressed it, has never been easy. History will record the years of Pope Benedict’s papacy as particularly difficult and trying ones for the Church. Equally, his prayerfulness and quiet dignity brought a sense of God’s calm and reassurance to believers in often troubled times.

We thank God for the blessing that Pope Benedict has been to the Church and to the world,and we will accompany him in prayer as he moves into retirement and the promise of quieter days. On this Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes we commend the Holy Father to the loving care and maternal protection of Our Blessed Lady, the Mother of our saviour.

3 comments to Bishop Campbell of Lancaster issues statement on resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

  • Kinga Grzeczynska

    The shocking news of the abdication of our Holy Pontiff will remain with me for some time. My son rang me with alarm in his voice and bewilderment, had I heard the news from Rome because many students in the University were speaking about the Pope’s abdication?

    Pondering during my lunch, I have concluded that it takes a mighty man to tell the whole world that he is withdrawing from the Office of the Successor of St Peter and stipulate his reasons for doing so. I applaud the Holy Father’s bravery and courage.

    I thank God that we have had a great Leader from 19th April 2005 – 28th February 2013. May the Lord restore Holy Benedict’s strength for some time to come.

    I would have liked to see more encyclicals from The Holy Father.

    Kinga Grzeczynska

  • ForFaithForever

    I Am Very Shocked and Saddenly to Hear that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
    will be Abdicating

    Pope Benedict XVI has been Far More of a Moral Force than many Feckless

    May the Next Pope and Supreme Pontiff be a Good Moral Conservative who
    Upholds the Sanctity of Life against the Evil of Abortion and Defends
    the Sanctity of Holy Matrimony against Anti Christian Secularists

  • Dominic McCarthy

    Very well put, Bishop Campbell. We will miss Benedict’s wonderful way of presenting ancient truths in a new light. Hopefully he will be able to write a bit more in retirement, before the good Lord calls him home.

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