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    A Voice of Conscience

    By Johann Christoph Arnold

    February 11, 2013

    Available languages: español

    • Deborah

      I believe he is a most God-loving man. Ego-less. Why not accept my limitation and know that God, whom he's served humbly, wouldn't understand and even support his decision? He's a great man [not a god] that is receiving revelations from his Master in this, too.

    • Konstantinos Panopoulos

      I am not Catholic, I was saddened to read of his resignation also.The Catholic Church as a powerful cristian church has an impact in the world today.I deeply hope that this resignation, contrary to the historical tradition of this church comes realy from God's will through His Spirit.And to my brother in Christ Johann I have to say that his books shine like the light in my heart.

    • Patricia Tongue

      may his latter years be one of peace and good health

    When Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, we all knew that his papacy would not last as long as some predecessors. So his resignation should not be a complete surprise, and we ought to praise God for the eight years that Pope Benedict has been able to serve and lead the Catholic Church.

    Still, even though I am not Catholic, I was saddened to read today of his resignation. I have known this humble man personally for the last 18 years, and through personal encounters and correspondence, I have developed a deep respect for him. Already as a cardinal, and then as pope, he has been a tireless advocate for the true values of Christianity—values which are sadly being lost, and attacked, all over the world.

    Pope Benedict is one of the few voices that have had the courage to speak out for true Christ-like discipleship and for traditional family values. With his resignation, we are losing a voice of conscience that we can ill afford to lose, even as it has been rejected and criticized.

    I am going to miss Brother Benedict very much and will have him on my prayers. And I pray that the Catholic Church will be led and guided in appointing his successor. 

    Johann Christoph Arnold
    Pastor and Author

    Johann Christoph Arnold with Cardinal Ratzinger


    Pope Benedict XVI
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    A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, education, and end-of-life issues, Arnold was a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities.

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