In the early years of his papacy, Benedict strongly felt that Catholicism is ‘true’ and other religions are ‘deficient’. He had also felt that the modern, secular world, especially Europe, is spiritually weak. He abhorred homosexuality and was not in favor of female priesthood. He strongly disliked the idea of ‘stem cell research’.
The announcement of his abdication was made in Latin but it was translated in seven languages: Italian, French, English, German, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. It read as follows:
“In today’s world, subject to many rapid changes and shaken by the question of deep reverence for the life of the faith, in order to governing the barking St. Peter and proclaim the gospel, both strength and body are necessary, strength which in the last months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason and well aware of the seriousness of the act, with full freedom, I declare that I renounce the ministry of bishop of Rome, successor of St. Peter.
He was inclined towards far right and his departure would make it incumbent upon the new Pope to follow a conservative approach.
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