Cardinal Arinze on the Pope’s Resignation


Here is a nice video of Cardinal Arinze talking about the Pope’s resignation.  He describes the reaction of the cardinals to the announcement and reflects on the meaning of the event for the life of the Church.  He also speaks about how the Pope’s decision gives us an opportunity to grow more mature in the faith.

Here are some good extracts:

  • “We love you, Holy Father.  We are near you.  We know you have done this because of your love for the Church.”
  • “I haven’t any doubt about his wisdom.  I have known him [too many]years to have any doubt at all.”
  • “He doesn’t rush.  He isn’t rash.  He is gentle, but he is clear-headed and firm.”
  • “He is not there for himself, or self glory, so his act yesterday was like saying: ‘I am a servant.'”
  • “The Holy Spirit does not go on holiday.”

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Carson Holloway is a political scientist and the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity (Baylor University Press), The Right Darwin? Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy (Spence Publishing), and All Shook Up: Music, Passion and Politics (Spence Publishing), and the editor of a collection of essays entitled Magnanimity and Statesmanship (Lexington Books). His articles have appeared in the Review of Politics, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science, and First Things. He is a regular contributor to the online journal The Public Discourse. Holloway was a 2005-06 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1998.

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