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It is not abandonment

· The Cardinals’ comments concerning the resignation of the Pontiff ·

We have to believe in the total sincerity of the Pope when he says “it is not an abandonment.”

This was said by the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, responding in an interview with Fabrizio Ferragni, which was aired by [the television network] TG 1 at 8 PM, on Tuesday, February 26. “In his interview with Peter Seewald,” recalled the cardinal, “the Pope said: ‘the Church can undergo hard times, moments of great difficulty; the Pope does not abandon the boat of Peter, but, when he feels that he lacks the strength, and in a moment of reflection before God, and also before the Church herself, he can decide to step down from the Petrine ministry;’ and so he did. It seems to me, given the motives he has expressed, that we can assume he feels his stength is lacking. He has even repeated this to me over these past few days.” Therefore he emphasized that the Pontiff felt the need to take this step, “especially considering the required travel, and the responsibility to the Universal Church.” However, he did this “without running away from his responsibility and without abandoning the Church.” Cardinal Walter Kasper, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, referred to the present moment of the Church in an interview released by Raffaele Luise, which aired during a news broadcast on [the radio station] Rai 1, transmitted at 8 o’clock this morning, Wednesday the 27th. He said that “the main challenge today is the transmission of the faith. We need to realize the perception of the Second Vatican Council; we have not accomplished this task. It is very important, then, to fully realize collegiality.” In addition, speaking of the future, he said that there is a need for “a modest Church, not self-referential, perhaps not poor, but modest and humble as well.”

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