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His 'only purpose,' the pope emeritus says, is to pray for his successor

Quick to dispel rumors, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has dismissed the various conspiracy theories regarding his resignation a year ago as "absurd." Responding to a letter from Italian journalist, Benedict had asked about the alleged pressures and conspiracies some believe to be behind his resignation.

In his last General Audience, on February 27, 2013, Benedict said his decision to withdraw from public life did not mean a return to public life.

In his last General Audience, on February 27, 2013, Benedict said his decision to withdraw from public life did not mean a return to public life.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/27/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Benedict, resignation, conspiracy theories


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Benedict wrote journalist Andrea Tornielli that "there is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry" and the "speculations" were "simply absurd."

The Poe Emeritus also said there was no dual government in the Church, and that his "only purpose" is to pray for his successor.

Since his resignation exactly one year ago, Benedict became the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. Benedict told the Vatican correspondent for La Stampa that there were no secret reasons for his resignation, and that people should not read too much into his every decision.

In his last General Audience, on February 27, 2013, Benedict said his decision to withdraw from public life did not mean a return to public life.

"My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this . I am not abandoning the cross, but remaining in a new way at the side of the crucified Lord. I no longer bear the power of office for the governance of the Church, but in the service of prayer I remain, so to speak, in the enclosure of Saint Peter."

This was interpreted by some as meaning that his decision to resign had not been taken freely, a question that Tornielli had put forth to Benedict in his letter of February 16.

"There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry. The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculations regarding its validity are simply absurd."

Benedict said that he continues to wear the papal white cassock for "purely practical reasons.

"At the moment of my resignation there were no other clothes available," he wrote. He has also retained the name Benedict, rather than changing his name back to Joseph Ratzinger, as it was simpler.

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