Catholic Expert: Benedict Will Vanish from Public View in Retirement

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 06:17 PM

By Bill Hoffmann and John Bachman

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Now that Pope Benedict has resigned and been tapped as pope emeritus, don’t expect to hear or see much of him, according to Father James Mulford, publisher of the Catholic news agency ZENIT.

“Having known [him] for a number of years and even seeing how on the day-to-day operations or his day-to-day agenda, not only will he shun the limelight, he will do what he said,’’ Mulford told Newsmax TV.

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“He said I want to be faithful to the name that I chose. Benedict was a monk. Benedict was a man who served the church in many ways.

“After he served the church in some public ways, he, just like Pope Benedict Emeritus is doing right now, he went back to the convent and he spent his final years in prayer.’’

Mulford said while the new pope can ask to consult him on various matters, “Benedict will avoid that as much as possible.’’

He said the pope’s final day in Rome and trip to Castel Gandolfo, a small medieval town where he spends summers, were watched by countless numbers of his faithful and journalists from all over the world.

“I was amazed by the presence of the media. There was literally every language you can imagine,’’ Mulford said.

“[And] there were just people who wanted to come by and say goodbye, spend the last moments with the pontificate.’’


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