Wednesday, June 18, 2014

1) Where did Pope Francis make his remarks?

In an interview with the Spanish-language newspaper La Vanguardia.

2) How did the subject come up?

The reporter asked Pope Francis about what he thought of Pope Benedict’s resignation, as follows:

What do you think of the renunciation of Benedict XVI?

Pope Benedict has made a very significant act. He has opened the door, has created an institution, that of the eventual popes emeritus. 70 years ago, there were no emeritus bishops. Today how many are there? Well, as we live longer, we arrive to an age where we cannot go on with things.

Pope Francis thus sees Benedict XVI’s act as setting a precedent for future popes that mirrors the way in which bishops have similarly begun to have retirements in recent decades. Note that Francis refers to Benedict having “created an institution.”

Francis’s use of the plural (“eventual popes emeritus”) may even envision the idea of more than one former pope being alive at the same time. Indeed, in light of what he says next, he may be thinking of himself and Benedict XVI sharing this status at some point.

3) What does he say next?

He announces he may also renounce the papacy one day:

I will do the same as him, asking the Lord to enlighten me when the time comes and that he tell me what I have to do, and he will tell me for sure.

Pope Francis is thus not at the point of resigning, but he anticipates doing so “when the time comes,” if the Lord makes this clear to him.

4) Does he have plans for what to do in retirement?

Apparently so. Benedict XVI has chosen to live in seclusion at the Vatican, though there was initially some discussion of his returning to Germany. Benedict’s eventual decision to remain at the Vatican is apparently motivated by a desire not to cause problems for his successor by remaining out of the public eye.

This is not the only possible choice, though, and Pope Francis seems to envision a different retirement. The interview continues:

You have a room reserved in a retirement home in Buenos Aires.

Yes, it’s a retirement house for elderly priests. I was leaving the archdiocese at the end of last year and had already submitted my resignation to Benedict XVI when I turned 75. I chose a room and said, “I want to come to live here.” I will work as a priest, helping the parishes. This is what was going to be my future before being Pope.  

Pope Francis thus appears intent on returning as pope emeritus to the same form of pastoral service that he was planning to undertake as a bishop emeritus.

5) When will this happen?

That cannot be known. It depends on how much time and strength God gives Pope Francis.

It cannot even be known that it will happen, for events could overtake these plans and he might, like most popes historically, end up remaining in office until his passing.

6) How will Pope Benedict be remembered for his act of renouncing the papacy?

Barring anything unforeseen, he will one day be declared a saint, and the grounds for sainthood will include the heroic virtue of being the first pope in centuries to renounce the papacy. Many recent popes have considered resignation, but Benedict XVI was the first one in centuries to actually do it.

A previous pope to resign—Celestine V—is also a saint, and for the same reason. He was canonized in 1313—17 years after his death—by his successor, Clement V, and in that case also his humility in walking away from the office of pope for the good of the Church played a prominent role in the decision to canonize. Indeed, Celestine V is the only 13th century pope who is a saint.

We’ve had more sainted popes recently. In the 20th century, we had St.s Pius X, John XXIII, and John Paul II—who may soon be joined by Pius XII and Paul VI.

This is in part due to the fact that the popes we’ve had recently have been much holier than many of those in the Middle Ages (Benedict IX, anyone?).

However, it is very likely that Benedict XVI—who had the courage and humility to walk away from the office of pope for what he perceived to be the good of the Church—is likely to be the first sainted pope of the 21st century.


authored by Jimmy Akins (

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Catholic and Proud


Saturday, June 07, 2014

Aggie Mnene asked : Are there sins that cannot be pardoned?

ANSWER: "but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences." Mark 3:29.

IMPLICATION: The above text are words of Christ on this subject, showing that there are "Unpardonable sins", which are sins against the Holy Spirit. Sometime ago i asked a priest "Does this mean that God REFUSES to forgive this sin" ?

The priest could not give a satisfactory conclusive reply, until one day after years of research and prayer, i stumbled upon an explanation.

HERE IS WHAT I LEARNT: God does not REFUSE forgiveness. Rather, when one sins against the Spirit of God, he CASTS GOD OUT of himself and SHUTS THE HEART TO HIS LIGHT. So that such a person is UNABLE TO ASK for mercy anymore. The "Unpardonable" does not mean God changes from "Forgiving Father" to an "Unforgiving Judge", so that he turns his face from someone weeping and begging for mercy, NO !!!. He is Always FORGIVING. Even those who are in Hell cannot ask for pardon, that is why they cannot be forgiven.

The GRACE of remorse/contrition is very expensive gift of the Holy Spirit, given unto the sincerely repentant ones. I tell you, there are many Catholics today who have shut their hearts to God's grace by continuous abuse of Sacraments for instance and other sins; they personally kill the voice of their consciences by refusing God's light/call to repentance so many times, that those sins become "Normal" and even "A way of life" to them.

For this grace is meant to rise our sensitivity to sin and make us weep for our sins, but for someone who is dead in sin, he cannot possibly weep or feel really sorry for his sin. He may even boast about his sins to his friends and feel like a "big Shot".

This is what it means to commit an "Unpardonable" sin. Whenever such a sinner opens his heart to God's light, he sees his sorry state, and confesses with all his heart, God Forgives him for sure, for he promised "Even if your sins be as red as scarlet, i shall make you as white as wool".

God bless you all. I hope we understood this one.

Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2014 by Catholic and Proud


Many of us run from things we're responsible for, we attribute a lot to "the handwork of the devil" indeed sometimes Satan can turn at our accusations and scream "Oh Lord, I'm innocent"

Like Eve we say " the serpent made me eat it" and like Adam we indirectly blame God sometimes "the woman, whom YOU GAVE ME, handed me some and I ate".

If only we can learn to sincerely say "forgive me Lord, I have sinned, through my fault". Forgiveness and healing would've been easier.

Let us not blame others for our faults. Let us own up whenever we make a mistake and ask for pardon. We'll become better that way. Leave the devil alone and he'll leave you.

Who loves the devil anyway? Then stop calling him every time, focus on Jesus.

Or is Christ not enough for you?
He is enough for me !

Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2014 by Catholic and Proud


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