Benedict's election as pope occurred in the papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title " pope emeritus " upon his resignation. Ordained as a priest in in his native Bavaria , Ratzinger had established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late s and was appointed a full professor in After a long career as an academic and professor of theology at several German universities, he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and Cardinal by Pope Paul VI in , an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience.
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Naturally, the press is delighted by this moral advice, as well as the encouraging signs of moral defection among the upper hierarchy as the Pope approaches death. It would not be any great surprise to me if the Pope never left Gemelli Hospital alive. Whatever happens, it is undeniable that the Pope no longer has effective control over the governance of the Church. The rumor has caused a great deal of consternation for one simple reason: Forte is a flaming neo-modernist. In other words, Forte is trying to change the resurrection of Christ into a myth, into a kind of fairy tale that cannot be proven. More and more it becomes apparent that this man is perhaps the most industrious ecclesial termite of the post-conciliar epoch, tearing down even as he makes busy with the appearance of building up. She must demolish longstanding bastions and trust solely the shield of faith.
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The pope's decision, which he announced in Latin today during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, makes him the first pontiff to resign in nearly years. It was perhaps the most shocking moment of his nearly eight years as leader of the world's roughly 1 billion Catholics, years in which he worked on religious outreach. Horst Seehofer, minister-president of the German state of Bavaria, where Benedict was born as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger 85 years ago, echoed the sentiments about his work for the greater good, adding that Benedict had a global reach. Such global reach and efforts to reach the masses resulted recently in a new Twitter account, which the Vatican launched in late But true to his traditional worldview, he cautioned the world's Catholics at his Christmas Mass about the risk of technology's pushing God out of their lives.
The disease "is a tragedy The solution lies in a "spiritual and human awakening" and "friendship for those who suffer," said Benedict, who will also visit Angola during the weeklong trip. The pope also denied feeling alone in the controversy sparked when he lifted the excommunication of Holocaust-denying bishop Richard Williamson. Solitude does not exist," he said.