The Significance of The Papal Resignation and Why The Hidden Meanings Behind Today’s Announcement
By Guido George Lombardi
We must first understand the gravity and importance of this act. While we all knew of Pope Benedict’s declining health, no one ever thought that he would voluntarily resign. This hasn’t happened in over 600 years.
The Pope must have had grave and important reasons. His official reasons were poor “spiritual” and “mental” health. However, his statement conveyed more of a sense of incapacitation than a simple health issue.
In my opinion, Pope Benedict XVI, who was elected by his fellow cardinals in 2005, became aware that he was no longer able to make good, theologically proper, and God-centered decisions. This goes to the heart of his mission, being a guide for the Church, and him being a theologian. It means that he does not feel capable to discern God’s message from all of the noise out there in the world. .
The fact that his retirement coincides with the last day of the political elections in Italy is no coincidence. It clearly means that he feels responsible to stay and pray for the good, right, results of this important political choice.
As an attentive actor on the European and international scene, he knows that the elections in Italy mean a lot more than a change for that nation but that it will influence European relations, and relations with Israel. Italy’s former Prime Minister and current candidate Silvio Berlusconi is a steadfast supporter of Israel, while the leftists in Italy support the oppressive regimes in Syria, Iran and Egypt. Let’s pray the elections go well and that the next Pope will be ready for the coming crises.
Ultimately, Pope Benedict XVI was a man of transition. He had to transition between Pope John Paul II, arguably the best Pope of the modern era, and the new Pope that will be elected, someone who will have the opportunity to raise the church out of its previous scandal and into the new 21st digital century.
In the end, Pope Benedict XVI will have done his best to make that happen. He has borne the brunt of the blame for the church’s transgressions, has made the Papacy more relevant, including forming its own Twitter account, and clarifying positions on current issues such as gay marriage, abortion, support of Israel and the Jewish people.
Guido George Lombardi is an international political & business consultant, specializing in Italy, the United States, and Israel, as well as vatican relations. His most recent book The Value Matrix 2.0 (released Feb. 2011) has garnered high praise from the likes of Donald J. Trump and Daniel Abraham, while his previous book The Value Matrix was received by His Holiness Pope John Paul II himself. Mr. Lombardi is currently available to speak to universities, community groups, strategic studies groups, and business conferences throughout the United States. For media inquiries please visit https://guidolombardi.org/contact/