It is all over the blogosphere, and it isn’t easy to write about, but it appears that Pope Benedict is “suffering from something very severe.”
Damien Thompson of The Telegraph reports, and everyone is quoting, that video of Benedict greeting Pope Francis was hard to watch, but the reports from Fr. Ray Blake are even more troubling:
The health of Benedict XVI has dramatically diminished in the last two weeks, Paloma Gómez Borrero wrote Tuesday night in the Spanish paper El Mundo. According to her, Benedict suffers from something – quote – “very severe”. She adds: “We won’t have him with us for very much longer”.
This could be the long good-bye with Pope Benedict, and even if it gives us some consolation as to why he stepped down from the Papacy, it still doesn’t mend the hurt in our hearts.
Let us all keep him in prayer, specifically what he asked of us:
“Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.”