Benedict XVI Resigns – The Crisis Of Benedict XVI
The Roman Catholic Church claims that it follows strict rules regarding tithes and offerings to the Pope. All tithes and offerings made to the Pope are done so in the name of the Pope. To prove this claim, the Church requires an accountant or a probate lawyer to verify the accounting records. The Pope is also said to have the power to rule over all priests, bishops and ministers under him whether they are in Rome or on another diocese. The Pope does not have to report to anyone and there is no centralized governance system within the Catholic Church.
The Vatican issued a statement saying that the Pope had left the country for health reasons. However, the Italian newspaper La Gaceta released a story claiming that the Pope had died of a heart attack. The Pope is now perceived as being very frail and has not been able to appear at any functions where cardinals and bishops are present. The Vatican later denied all reports regarding the death of the Pope and instead focused on the fact that the Pope had stepped down. There has been no official confirmation as yet of the Pope’s death.
Some people believe that the Pope is immortal and the current situation with the Vatican is proof of this. Another popular belief is that the current Pope, Benedict XVI, is simply repeating what happened in 2021 when he was elected but faced resistance from the German Cardinal before being installed as the new Pope. According to some accounts, Benedict XVI is using the same tactics that former popes used in dealing with the German Cardinal before he became Pope in 2021, namely purging all who oppose him. It is believed that Benedict is using his position as pontiff to stick with the conservative line of the Church even though his position as the leader of the Catholic Church is now vacant. This could be another reason behind the current crisis within the Church.
The latest crisis that the Catholic Church is experiencing can be traced back to the installation of a Pope who had been concurred by the College of Cardinals. The College of Cardinals, headed by a German cardinal, had concurred that the new Pope should succeed to the vacant chair of papacy due to his election as the head of the Catholic Church. In doing so, they made a mistake that ended up negatively affecting the stability of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. The subsequent scandals that have come to light since then show that the papacy of Benedict XVI is one that is falling apart and has fallen victim to the will of its own people.
There is still a lot of work that needs to be done in restoring the reputation of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Many have criticized Benedict XVI for not immediately resigning after receiving the papacy from John Paul II but the Pope has refused to do so. Some insiders believe that the crisis which the Vatican is currently facing is due to the power of the cardinals which has allowed them to appoint a Pope whose decisions they cannot make. One of the men who was put in charge of dealing with the crisis is Cardinal Sean Brady, a former archivist in the Vatican who is now under investigation for his role in hiding some compromising information from Benedict XVI. Even though Benedict XVI is under investigation, it is believed that he still has enough power to continue to carry out his job.
It is also believed that there are other cardinals who may follow suit. It is also believed that the current crisis is not fully present within the Catholic Church. The situation in the papacy has been caused by the way in which the popes dealt with sexual abuse committed by their priests. Many believed that Benedict XVI chose to resign rather than step down because the damage to the image of the papacy would have been too great. If the reports are true, and this is highly likely since Benedict XVI has already started to purge his personal belongings, it is clear that the next papacy will be no different to the previous one.