It was jet-lag!
A new one for the history books!
Today, the Italian daily newspaper, la Repubblica, published an interview of Benedict XVI conducted by Elio Guerriero — “Troppo stanco, così ho lasciato il ministero petrino”. This interview is an excerpt from the soon to be published book, Servitore di Dio e dell'umanità, La biografia di Benedetto XVI (Servant of God and humanity, The Biography of Benedict XVI). In this interview the question of Benedict XVI’s resignation comes up and the particulars surrounding his decision. In his own words Fr. Benedict says,
“In particular, the date for World Youth Day had already been set, which was to take place in the summer of 2013 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Now, in this regard, I had two very specific beliefs. After the experience of the trip to Mexico and Cuba, I no longer felt I would be able to take such a demanding journey. In addition to this, the setup of World Youth Day given by John Paul II made the physical presence of the Pope essential. We did not consider using a television feed or using some other technological means. This also was another issue that made the resignation a duty for me. Finally, I had certain trust that even without my presence the year of faith would still go well. Faith, in fact, is a grace, a generous gift of God to believers. I had, therefore, the firm belief that my successor, as well as and then happened, he would equally bring it to fruition as the Lord desired, the initiative started (launched) by me. ”
Later in the interview’s follow-up question, Emeritus Benedict expands on the answer as if it wasn’t already comprehensible,
“Above all [after the Mexico/Cuba trip] I realized was no longer able to face a future in transoceanic flights because of the problem of jet-lag. Of course I also discussed this issue with my personal doctor, Prof. Patrizio Polisca, MD. Thus it became clear that I wouldn't be able to attend World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2013, because I would not be able to endure the jet-lag. From then on I had to decide in a relatively short period of time on the date of my resignation.”
Well ladies and gentlemen, we have yet another first from Joseph Ratzinger! He resigned from his papal office because he couldn’t “endure the jet-lag.” What happened to picking up your cross and offering it up for Our Lord? Or better yet, why not cancel the trip? (And all future World Youth Days!) From his conduct one would think Benedict XVI was answerable to someone other than God.
So, the spectacle of World Youth Day must go on.
It’s not like Joseph Ratzinger has ever followed Catholic tradition in anything he did. In fact, he has a history of bizarre statements and actions.
Fr. Karl Rahner and Fr. Joseph Ratzinger at the Second Vatican Council
exhibiting the strange behavior of dressing like laymen in coat and ties.
The papal revolution must go on!
Coming soon to Italian bookstores.