(source: http://fsaof.blogspot.com/2013/06/why-did-pope-resign.html by Sven Ljungholm)
|The General’s Site is Suspended|
The resignation was sudden and virtually unprecedented – the last voluntary resignation celebrated in high medieval times; 1294. There has since been lots of expressions of both speculation and indignation about the cause, in spite of Pope Benedict’s stated reason being his waning strength. I found his reason logical and therefore perfectly acceptable. But millions of Catholics didn’t and so rumors continue to run rampant. As Cardinal, Ratzinger was Pope John Paul II’s enforcement officer – he rode herd on the many sex scandals and their “containment.” The end result of what might be learned will depend on what the church decides to reveal.
|The High Council elects Linda Bond|
Following THE whirlwind weekend the General jets across the USA and the NorthAtlantic, home to London. A meeting is called and the next day we’re told: “I write to inform you that General Linda Bond is entering into retirement. – Following a period of personal reflection and prayer, General Bond has decided that she should relinquish the Office of the General with effect from 13 June 2013”. Today! “The General’s decision to step down comes after 44 years of ministry.”