Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on “Catholic Answers Live.”
There haven't been that many popes who have resigned, and none of them offer an exact parallel to the case of Pope Benedict.
However, there is one pope--St. Celestine V--who is by far the closest parallel.
Who was he? Why did he resign? And what does his strange case tell us about Pope Benedict's decision to resign?
In this episode, Dr. Andrew Jones and I discuss the most recent papal resignations, including that of St. Celestine V.
We comment on how Pope Benedict is modeling his resignation after that of Celestine V and what light this sheds on Pope Benedict's thinking.
We also discuss what this means for the future and why Pope Benedict XVI's resignation may be as momentous an event in the history of the Church as the development of the conclave.
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