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As Pope Steps Down, PI Reflects on His Legacy

This week, Roman Catholic Christians were shocked to hear that Pope Benedict XVI has resigned. His last day will be February 28.

The last time a pope resigned was in 1415. That’s nearly 600 years ago–77 years before Christoper Columbus discovered America!

The pope is the head of the Roman Catholic church. He is the highest authority when it comes to biblical teaching, and one of his major responsibilities is to ensure that the Catholic church is consistent and accurate in its ministering throughout the world.

The position of pope is preceded by a long career in the church, including the positions of priest, bishop and cardinal. That’s a lifetime dedicated to leading people to Christ and living the Gospel. In resigning, Pope Benedict is not giving up his devotion to God, but his vocation as a public leader and a teacher has become too much.

I took this decision in full freedom for the good of the Church after praying for a long time and examining my conscience before God” (Pope Benedict XVI, chicagotribune.com).

Although his position as pope only lasted seven years, Pope Benedict’s many successes included his creation of a new pontifical council in 2010. It was designed to focus on “progressive secularization.” He wanted to promote evangelization in countries that had become secularized or, in his words, were living in an “eclipse of the sense of God.”

Pope Benedict’s fear was, and still is, that Christian society has lost its focus. We as Christians are called to follow and share the Gospel, but so many are getting lost in the “world” and becoming secularized. Instead of living by Christ’s standards, many are living the values of society or simply going their own way.

And so the process of selecting a new pope is underway, and the plan is to have a new pope in by the end of March. I pray that God guides this decision.

Ladies, are you a Catholic Christian? Take our poll below! Were you upset when the pope resigned? Do you agree with the pope’s belief that Christians have become too worldly?

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10 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by jesusgirl4life on February 28, 2013 at 14:35

    I am catholic, and I see his act as a courageous one. He did what God was calling him to, even though no one has in 600 years! This way, we may have the chance to see a new godly man take over and continue to lead the church closer to god. I was not as sad as I was surprised, but I know he has defiantly served his calling and I am happy for him.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by on February 21, 2013 at 00:08

    Bye bye Papa Benny great seven years :,)

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by godislove on February 18, 2013 at 08:15

    I am going to be in Rome during the 2nd week of March…. we planned this trip with my choir over a year ago, never expecting something huge and world-changing was going to be happening around then. Because of all the cardinals visiting and people flocking to Rome to be there when they choose the next Pope, we might not get to visit the Vatican or St. Peters Square, or do a whole bunch of stuff on our itinerary. Whatever happens, it’s going to be an adventure though!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by dana13se on February 17, 2013 at 10:38

    As an evangelical who is familiar with Catholic practices, I have to say that even though I absolutely don’t agree with most of the things that are unique to Catholicism, he is spot-on with his statement about modern Christians. I wish him God’s best in his retirement.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by emmi on February 15, 2013 at 12:44

    i’m Roman Catholic. Your poll should ask if you are roman catholic because they are other catholic who do not follow the pope. I am sad that the pope is stepping down but proud of him for taking responsibility and stepping down because he is unable to handle the job. That takes a lot of strength and humility.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by mylove2God on February 14, 2013 at 17:48

    I was shocked and upset when he resigned. I thought he was a great pope. I agree with him that some Christians have become too worldly. Some people I know spend more time on Facebook than they do with anything else! People ought to come back to the Church and follow Christ. HE is what will make us at peace!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by FreedomBlossom on February 14, 2013 at 17:33

    Funny thing is, my history teacher told us he announced it over text and Twitter. Hes old and feels his age and health prevents him from doing the best he thinks the church deserves. Pray he will be okay and to see his hopes happen with the next pope.

  8. denimjellybean

    Posted by denimjellybean on February 14, 2013 at 17:08

    Yes I do agree with Pope Benedict! I also understand his decision- being a pope in this day and age requires traveling and public appearances, which is more than most 86 year old men can deal with. I am Catholic, personally, and I believe that Pope Benedict knows what he is doing. He is not really retiring; however, but is going into a monastery into deep prayer and reflection. This blog post talks about that- it’s really interesting. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2013/02/12/prayer-and-penance-did-twitter-hasten-benedicts-retirement/

    It was also wise of him to spring his resignation announcement- it gives less time for those who might try to get someone into the papacy for political reasons time to “get into place.”

  9. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on February 14, 2013 at 16:42

    I’m not catholic and I must admit I’m not too familiar with his work but after reading his opinion on the secular issue, I agree with him very much. I hope the new Pope can be just as inspiring. 🙂