Ratzinger’s Mystical Experience

Papa BenedettoEx-Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, claims he had an enduring “mystical experience” in which God told him to quit the top job in the Catholic Church. Hmmmm. From the Guardian:

The former pope Benedict has claimed that his resignation in February was prompted by God, who told him to do it during a “mystical experience”.

Breaking his silence for the first time since he became the first pope to step down in 600 years, the 86-year-old reportedly said: “God told me to” when asked what had pushed him to retire to a secluded residence in the Vatican gardens.

Benedict denied he had been visited by an apparition or had heard God’s voice, but said he had undergone a “mystical experience” during which God had inspired in him an “absolute desire” to dedicate his life to prayer rather than push on as pope.

The German ex-pontiff’s comments, which are said to have been made a few weeks ago, were reported by the Catholic news agency Zenit, which did not name the person Benedict had spoken to.

A senior Vatican source said the report was reliable. “The report seems credible. It accurately explains the spiritual process that brought Benedict to resign,” he said.

Benedict said his mystical experience had lasted months, building his desire to create a direct and exclusive relationship with God. Now, after witnessing the “charisma” of his successor, Pope Francis, Benedict said he understood to a greater extent how his stepping aside was the “will of God”…

[continues in the Guardian]


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17 Comments on "Ratzinger’s Mystical Experience"

  1. Zakaria Fatal | Aug 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm |

    Why does it seem that people try to catch this guy with an evil camera? He does look a bit demonic, but who am I too judge.

    • Alkwerte Alk | Aug 23, 2013 at 2:56 am |

      Evil is always seductive, the classical faces of demons are misleading

    • Kevin Leonard | Aug 23, 2013 at 8:52 am |

      that’s actually one of the better photos of him that I have seen

    • Just because he looks like Palpatine on a good day doesn’t mean he’s evil. However, his use of the Jedi mind trick on all those altar boys does.

  2. Oh, classic dodge. Well, if you’re going to play the ‘Speaking to the Imaginary’ friend scam, might as well play it all the way, right?

  3. Bruteloop | Aug 23, 2013 at 1:47 am |

    He neglects to mention whether God just gently hinted or whether it was more “GTF outta here, you’re just making this whole mess worse!”.

  4. Noah_Nine | Aug 23, 2013 at 4:43 am |

    More like the vatican told him to. He was a pretty unconventional pope… Didn’t he say that athiests could get into heaven, and then backtrack on the statement a few days later?he’s done and said some things that went against catholic traditions…. I’m sure he ruffled more than a few feathers….

  5. Charlie Primero | Aug 23, 2013 at 6:04 am |

    Some experts speculate Ratzinger’s resignation was forced by the Cardinals in order to distance The Church from the Anglo-American-German fascist oligarchs whose empire is in financial trouble, and align more closely with Russia, their Eastern church there, and China.

  6. Rhoid Rager | Aug 23, 2013 at 8:09 am |

    It’s all his business to begin with anyways. Fuck it.

  7. kowalityjesus | Aug 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm |

    We all know that the pope couldn’t have had a mystical experience because Catholics can’t have mystical experiences. All they can do is hate gays and listen to pedophiles. After all the foundation of Christianity was a series of irrelevant delusions as anyone can tell by how mainstream the religion is today.

    • I suspect this mystical experience was real. God told him “GTFO, PERV!”

      • kowalityjesus | Aug 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm |

        Sadly, I wish he would say that more often. Probably pretty irrelevant in the case of Benedict XVI, I am guessing.

  8. AManCalledDa-da | Aug 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm |

    In his case, “God” is Anonymous.

  9. Richard Johnson | Aug 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm |

    For the ex-pope to claim to have had a mystical experience after the Roman Catholic church has burned so many true mystics alive is somewhat HYPOCRITICAL isn’t it?

    The church has suppressed mysticism simply because the mystical experience contradicts the cosmology taught by the church and negates the need for any kind of hierarchy standing in the way of a person’s relationship with the true GOD.

    Today more and more people are accepting the reality of a mystical experience that totally contradicts the patriarchal insanity of the church AND EMBRACES THE WHOLE OF LIFE AND CONFIRMS THE TEACHINGS OF THE HISTORICAL JESUS WHO TAUGHT that we are one with the OMNIPRESENT GOD that the church has rejected in preference to a pagan triune god created from an amalgamation of pagan dieties.

    Whatever kind of experience Ratzinger had it was no way mystical. The simple fact that he did not renounce the church and it’s bloody history confirms that this is so.

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