Bishops: Benedict XVI's lesson is that power means service
Pope Benedict XVI's decision is a good example and a lesson of humbleness to the world, the president of the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference (CEV) remarked
"He is showing that it is not about power for the power's sake, but rather that his service is focused on the Church and obedience to Jesus Christ. Putting a limit to his mandate means that the Church is not led by men only, but also by Jesus Christ," the CEV's president stressed.
Relation to Venezuela
According to Monsignor Padrón, an internal movement has started within the Catholic Church, adding that a revision is always necessary, and that this may apply to the reality of Venezuela.
"Many things need to be reviewed in Venezuela, namely those related to our social and political affairs. There is also the need for change in many attitudes, including respect for others, the willingness to help regain peace and serenity in the country," Monsignor Padrón explained.
He underscored that Benedict XVI always included Venezuela in his prayers; unfortunately both his health condition and the few years of his papacy prevented him from visiting the country. Padrón also pointed out that Benedict XVI takes an interest in the Venezuelan situation.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.