CBCP on pope's resignation

February 11, 2013 11:04 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Feb. 11 – AN official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) refused to comment on reports that Pope Benedict XVI has resigned from his post.

“As far as the CBCP is concerned, we don’t have any official communication from the nunciature yet on the matter,” said Fr. Marvin Mejia, Assistant Secretary General of the CBCP.

On the other hand, Henrietta de Villa, former Ambassador of the country to the Vatican, said she was saddened by the Pontiff’s decision to resign.

“Masyado ako nalulungkot but it is an example for us kung paano natin dapat iniisip ang kabutihan ng ating simbahan at kabutihan ng mga tao na nanalig sa simbahan sa mensahe ng simbahan,” she said in a television interview Monday.

De Villa also commended the Pope’s action for not making his resignation immediate as he gave ample time for the cardinals, archbishops and bishops to meet and vote for his successor.

“Kaya siguro hinintay nya Feb 28 and effectivity ng kanyang resignation para ma put in place pag tawag ng conclave kung saan maghahalal ng lahat ng bishops and cardinal ng kanyang successor,” she added.

The former Philippine ambassador to the Vatican admitted that she was surprised with the Pope Benedict XVI’s decision just like his cardinal friends in Rome.

“Nahintay nga ako tawag ako sa friends ko na cardinal sa aroma pero mukhang pati sila nabigla kaya nung announce nya (Pope) dun lang nalaman ng mga taga-Vatican para wala speculation,” she said.

Asked if the resignation will have an effect on the Catholics in the country, she answered, “Para sa akin walang malaking effect dahil may proseso naman.”

On Monday, the 85-year-old pope announced his decision saying that duties of being the head of the Catholic Church all over the world requires "both strength of mind and body."

"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," he said on Monday.

Pope Benedict XVI was elected pontiff in 2005, he succeeded Pope John Paul II. (PNA)

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