Did the Holy Spirit tell him to resign or was he force out due to all the scandals?
Benedict XVI, who surprised the world last month when he announced that he was abruptly terminating his eight year papacy and becoming the first pontiff to resign willingly since 1294.
As he is known for thinking thing through, before such a bold move. But Monday February 11, 2013 would not be seen as wise since, though it is called "Clean Monday"
Clean Monday is a reminder that we should begin Lent with good intentions and a desire to clean our spiritual house. It is a day of strict fasting for Eastern Catholics...
The come Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday...
Anyone would see that this was not thought through to well... A reasonable person would of known that you don't quit at this time... unless all this pressure to resign .... as red birds might be telling the pope to quit ... so they can put there own pope in.
Pope Benedict's legacy and controversies.
His papacy has been a bumpy one, marked by poor communication among his Vatican staff, and with the church at large.
Here is what is out there... From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Vatileaks scandal is a scandal initially involving leaked Vatican documents, allegedly exposing corruption; an internal Vatican investigation purportedly uncovered the blackmailing of homosexual clergy as well. The scandal first came to light in late January 2012 in a television programme aired in Italy under the name of The Untouchables (Gli intoccabili). Further information was released when Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi published letters from Carlo Maria Viganò, formerly the second ranked Vatican administrator to the pope, in which he begged not to be tranferred for having exposed alleged corruption that cost the Holy See millions in higher contract prices. Viganò is now the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The name "VatiLeaks" is a play on the word WikiLeaks, a not-for-profit media organisation whose goal is to bring important news and information to the public; providing an anonymous way for sources to leak information to their journalists.
Over the following months the situation widened as documents were leaked to Italian journalists, uncovering power struggles inside the Vatican over its efforts to show greater financial transparency and comply with international norms to fight money laundering. In early 2012, an anonymous letter made the headlines for its warning of a death threat against Pope Benedict XVI. The scandal escalated in May 2012 when Nuzzi published a book entitled His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI consisting of confidential letters and memos between Pope Benedict and his personal secretary, a controversial book that portrays the Vatican as a hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting. The book reveals details about the Pope's personal finances, and includes tales of bribes made to procure an audience with him. ...
On February 25, 2013 a Top cardinal to resign amid allegations of misconduct
Cardinal Admits to 'Sexual Misconduct' as Vatican Prepares for New Pope
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As the College of Cardinals begins arriving in Rome for the papal conclave, one who won't be joining them has apologized for the inappropriate conduct that ended his career. Last week, Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned from his post as the archbishop of Edinburgh, the highest ranking Catholic official in Great Britain, after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct involving four of his former students. O'Brien had previously denied any wrongdoing and vowed to contest the charges, but on Monday he changed course, confessing to the charges and asking for forgiveness. He did not get into any specifics, but did say that "there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal."