The Diocese of Des Moines
Bishop issues statement on Holy Father's retirement
February 12, 2013
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Bishop Richard Pates issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI.  Scroll down to see the statement in Spanish.

 

“The totally unexpected yet courageous decision of Pope Benedict XVI to retire at the end of February is clear testimony of his commitment to generous service as long as he is able for the well-being of the Catholic Church. Surely, he has been attentive to the voice of God speaking to him in prayer.

 

“When he was first elected pope, a Protestant theologian commented to me: ‘The Catholic Church now has at its helm a first class theologian.’ In his nearly eight years as pope, Benedict XVI has exercised this capacity as theologian with writings and talks that will provide understanding and inspiration for centuries to come. His pastoral heart also emerged on the world stage generating hope and consolation.

 

“Personally, I had the great privilege to become acquainted with Cardinal Ratzinger when his itinerary on his first personal trip to the United States included three days in St. Paul, Minnesota on a visit to St. John Vianney College Seminary and the University of St. Thomas. Since his election as pope, I have met him three times, most recently last spring during the ad limina visit of the bishops of Region 9 of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The pope is always personally attentive, friendly and gracious.

 

“Our prayers now turn to the College of Cardinals as they prepare to elect Benedict XVI’s  successor. May they experience the powerful guidance of the Holy Spirit in the process of electing the successor of Peter the Apostle.”

 

En Espanol

“En una decisión completamente inesperada del Papa Benedicto XVI, pero aun así valerosa, respecto a retirarse al final de febrero es un claro testimonio de su compromiso a servir con generosidad al bienestar de la Iglesia Católica mientras le sea posible.  Seguramente él ha estado atento a la voz de Dios que le habla por medio de la oración.”

 

“Recién fue electo como papa, un teólogo Protestante me comentó: ‘Ahora está a cargo de La Iglesia Católica un teólogo de primera.’  En sus casi ocho años como papa, Benedicto XVI ha ejercido sus habilidades de teólogo por medio de escritos y pláticas que serán fuente de entendimiento e inspiración por muchos siglos a futuro.  Su corazón pastoral también emergió en el escenario mundial generando esperanza y consuelo.”

 

“Tuve el gran privilegio personal de conocer al Cardenal Ratzinger cuando su itinerario de su primer viaje personal a los Estados Unidos incluía tres días en St. Paul, Minnesota en una visita al Seminario St. John Vianney en la Universidad de St. Thomas. Desde su elección como papa, me reuní con él en tres ocasiones, la más reciente en mi visita ad limina la primavera pasada junto con los obispos de la Región 9 de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.  El papa siempre se mostró personalmente atento, amigable y afable.

 

“Hagamos ahora oración por el Colegio de Cardenales conforme se preparan para elegir al sucesor de Benedicto XVI.  Que puedan vivir la poderosa guía del Espíritu Santo en el proceso de elegir al sucesor del Apóstol Pedro.”

 

 

 


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