February 11th, 2013

Full Statement from Resigning Pope

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013



  1. 1
    Ed Miliband (Prime Minister designate) says:

    Prime Minister David Cameron take note.


  2. 2
    Executive Summary says:



  3. 3
    Call me Dave says:

    Can we have pink smoke?


  4. 4
    Sparky the Dog says:

    Are we going to have a commons vote on gay popes now?


  5. 5
    Casual Observer says:

    Is this because he told the truth about gay marriage ?


  6. 6
    MB. says:

    That leaves the Queen as now the only present day head of state who served in uniform during WWII.


  7. 7
    Tony Bliar resplendant in his white robes says:

    I’m a straight kinda guy on the look out for decent property in Rome.


  8. 9
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    There’s a photo of him popping something in Ed Balls’ university wardrobe coming out.


  9. 10
    Twitter me not says:

    You would have thought….


  10. 11
    His Holiness Tony Blair says:

    Now that it looks unlikely that I will be life Presdent of the EU maybe just maybe I could be in the running for Pope.


  11. 14
    Just wondrin says:

    Is his decision infallible?


  12. 16
    The Third Way doesn't work either says:

    Typical. He will be joining some Lobby outfit within days. You watch…


  13. 18
    Hmm says:

    I have often wondered what a Pope would do when he realised he no longer believed in God.


    • 27
      Hand the Cat says:

      He would have doubted his belief in god when that awful Blair was accepted into the church of rome


    • 30
      The Third Way doesn't work either says:

      Archbishops of Canterbury have not believed in God for years so it will probably be something similar.


      • 48
        Just Another Zek says:

        Don’t think a belief in God has been a requirement for the COE for some time. Just getting some really good property on the cheap and a sinecure seems to be the main objective from what I’ve seen.


  14. 20
    Pryce Watch says:

    In other news, operation tears of a clown in full swing:


    Pryce has a speech to give tomorrow evening at the Society of Business Economists:

    Evening Meeting Tuesday 12 February 2013, 6.00pm
    Vicky Pryce
    Senior Managing Director FTI Consulting
    Vicky will talk about her new book ‘Greekonomics’. More details to follow

    Hope she dries her tears in time to push her book and flawed ideas about economics for Greece.


  15. 22
    Owin Jones says:

    Ed Miliband calls for an immediate, independent, judge-led inquiry into the Pope’s resignation


  16. 24
    Living in 97% white Merseyside says:

    I don’t particulary like the RC Church but give credit where credit is due. Born just an ordinary being and rising to the very top of his chosen profession is a great achievement.


  17. 28
    Padre Pederastia says:

    He will be sorely missed by all God’s ‘Children’


  18. 32
    Martin Day says:

    No doubt the Pope was simply a stalking horse for Boris’s return..


  19. 33
    Nadine's left nipple says:

    This is all very interesting about the Pope but what I want to know is how safe are the frozen Lasagnes in my freezer .

    Where is that Mr Patterson ?


  20. 34
    Ian Paisley says:

    It’s because he is going to be the father to the anti-christ. We must take up arms against the Fenian worshippers of satan!


  21. 35
    London Rubber Company says:



  22. 36
    David Attenborough says:

    So, bears don’t all shit in the woods


  23. 42
    • 61
      Pryce Watch says:

      The eldest daughter from Pryce’s previous marriage (to a guy named Pryce…) submitted evidence today.

      Daily echo and others reporting.

      Sounds more like the kind of fodder you get in family court (not that many in UK will be familiar as they are in camera…) than criminal.


      Sounds like her daughter may be an accessory, or there are other concerns with that testimony. Or perhaps the judge is preparing to direct the jury to a verdict.

      The proceedings are descending into pantomime. This case should only be about proving if Pryce perverted the course of justice, which she did, and if her plea of not guilty by reason of marital coercion is valid.

      Some character assassination is required, but this is now entering the territory of domestic violence claims for which there may be required closer examination of fact as there could be more charges for Huhne, or contempt / perjury charges for Pryce.

      Time will tell: She has a big evening tomorrow at the SBE for the book she wrote last year.


  24. 43
    Hand the Cat says:

    What we really need is a hardline Pope who will consider the followers of the relgion of piss to be heritics, anti EU as well would help


  25. 46
    Pope on a Rope says:

    Take two cardinals into the shower? No I just wash and blow


  26. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Pope resigns after revelation that he forced Jesus to take the penalty for the Pope’s sins.


  27. 54
    Anonymous says:

    The question remains – has he fallen on his own sword, or was he pushed. Pope’s don’t usually resign of their own accord, any more than British monarchs do


  28. 58
    Jimmy says:

    “I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

    In other news, Butch remains PM.


  29. 59
    Thousands of Nuns says:

    ….” Dear Brothers” ??


  30. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Why 8pm?

    Is there something good on the TV then?


  31. 68
    The Greens says:

    Is all that smoke really necessary?


  32. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Hello? Is that Bono? Are you doing anything this month?


  33. 70
    Conspiracy theorist says:

    Where do I start?


  34. 72
    Bing Crosby's Stunt Double says:

    Last chance for fans of St Malachy, and Iranian nuclear scientists, to hit it off.


  35. 76
    fortitude says:

    6 Popes gone, the Queen reigns on….


  36. 77
    Houdini Dave says:

    Benny’s going at 2000hrs on 28th.February. A nice distraction from the Eastleigh result that evening.


  37. 84
    Riggsy Brown says:

    Something doesn’t quite add up imho. Perhaps the real/underlying reasons may become clearer at a later date.


  38. 87
    Living in 97% white Merseyside says:

    Yes, let’s play them at their own game and launch a holy war – a crusade!
    Expel the infidels from Holy Land and reclaim it for Christianity.

    And I’m an agnostic!


  39. 89
    keredybretsa says:

    Getting well past his ‘sell by’ date. Better to be a has been Pope than a never was.
    Although they usually tip their clogs in office, but this one has given in his notice.


  40. 90
    A. Jones. Age, 14 & 1/2 says:

    The Pope is resigning to become the LibDem candidate for Eastleigh, Clegg wanted a name that could stand a hope in hell.

    In other news, the Vatican will be advertising for a new commander-in-chief. Advantageous diversification characteristics would be:


  41. 91
    All MPs are scum says:

    “I knew it was over for me when McMental touched me”


  42. 93
    Petrus Romanus says:

    The next pope will be Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana – ‘petrus romanus’ fulfilling prophecies for the end of the world and all that.


  43. 109
    A stupid auld bag fae Edinburgh says:

    Goodbye to the rubbish.


  44. 114
    Viv says:

    I expected the usual flood of puerile comments, but some of the contributors have hit a new low.


  45. 115
    VERITAS says:

    The new Pontiff will be a South American either Bergolio of Argentino or the Cardinal Arcbishop of Sao Paulo both available at 20 to 1 with Paddy Power get yoyr money on now you have been told I won a shed load last time backing Rattzinger


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