Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Moynihan Report: Letter #35: "St. Peter writes from Rome"



March 6, 2013, Tuesday -- Benedict's Last Lesson on the Papacy


"And the cross may have very different forms, but no one can be Christian without following the Crucified One, without accepting the martyrological moment too." —Pope Benedict XVI,speaking to the seminarians of Rome on February 8, three days before he announced his renunciation of the papacy (full text below)


Joseph Ratzinger Lesson

Petrus Apostolus: the Pope's grand lectio on St. Peter and Rome


Shortly before the announcement of Pope Benedict's resignation, on Friday, February 8, 2013, he gave a deeply Roman, Petrine, lesson in his meeting with the seminarians of Rome in the chapel of the Pontifical Roman Seminary (photo above from that meeting).


Three days later, in a morning meeting with his cardinals on Monday, February 11, he announced his decision to step down from the papacy.


So these were his last words as Pope on the first Bishop of Rome, and he surely knew quite well by then that it would be the last time that, as Pope, Peter would teach us about Peter, which makes it even more significant.


It also seems to us a great apologetic text to send to members of non-Catholic confessions who are considering joining the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

The official translation has now been made available at the Holy See website :

By Pope Benedict XVI

(to be continued...)