Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

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Can the Pope resign? The unprecedented move which hasn't been made in 600 years. No Pope has resigned in modern times, and the last one to leave the post was Pope Gregory XII in 1415 - 598 years ago.

The shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has raised questions about how the leader of the Catholic Church is able to step down from office.

No Pope has resigned in modern times, and the last one to leave the post was Pope Gregory XII in 1415 - 598 years ago.

The 85-year-old Pontiff said he would resign at the end of February due to his 'incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.'

Under Canon Law of the Catholic Church, the only conditions for the Pope resigning are that it is done freely and is properly published.

The Pope's spokesperson Federico Lombardi said on Monday that Benedict's resignation was 'in full compliance with church law', and that he wasn't resigning due to any 'difficulties in the papacy'.

But Pope Benedict's decision to step down was seen as all the more unusual given that most incumbents die in office.

The only occasion in recent memory which was even vaguely similar came during the Second World War.

At the time there was speculation that Pope Pius XII drew up a document saying that if he was kidnapped by the Nazis, it should be considered that he had resigned and a successor should be found.

Pope Gregory XII resigned in 1415 during the Western Schism, which threatened to break up Roman Catholicism.

Two rivals, Avignon Pope Benedict XIII and Antipope John XXIII, had also made claim to the post.

Gregory was elected in 1406, but the division saw him state that if Benedict renounced his claim to the position, he would renounce his.

Negotiations took place between the three, but cardinals at the Council of Pisa eventually rejected both their claims and chose Alexander V.

Pope Gregory resigned in 1415, in a move which is said to have united Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict will step down after almost eight years, having been elected in April 2005.
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The last post on Pope Benedict's Twitter feed on Sunday said: "We must trust in the mighty power of God's mercy.

"We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new."

"Berfikir tanpa kotak"

Ar Ra'isul Mutakallim, Tabligh Ki Zabaan (Lidah Tabligh) Hadrat Maulana Umar Palanpuri Rahmatullahu 'alaihi berkata: "Orang yang kuat adalah orang yang sanggup bertahan dalam arus kerosakan. Orang yang lebih kuat adalah orang yang sanggup melawan arus kerosakan. Namun orang yang paling kuat adalah orang yang sanggup merubah arah arus kerosakan hingga menjadi akannya arus kebaikan.”

“Dajjal bersama tenteranya mempunyai kekuatan yang amat istimewa dan amat tersusun. Begitu juga Yakjuj dan Makjuj membuat huru-hara di seluruh dunia. Kehebatan mereka tiada siapa yang dapat melawan dan orang beriman berundur dengan hanya makan zikir dan tasbih."

"Allah zahirkan kudratnya hanya dengan labah-labah yang kecil dijadikan asbab untuk menggigit tengkuk-tengkuk mereka hingga mati. Mayat mereka begitu busuk diseluruh dunia. Orang beriman tidak tahan terus berdoa pada Allah. Allah ta'ala hantarkan hujan dan banjir menghanyutkan mereka ke laut. Inilah yang akan berlaku di akhir zaman nanti."

"Amalan dakwah memisahkan hak dan batil seperti air menghanyutkan sampah dari emas dan logam-logam yang lain. Namun pekerja² agama jika wujud cinta dunia dalam hati mereka seperti emas dan disaluti logam-logam lain, maka banyak masalah yang akan timbul.”