Benedict Blind in One Eye: Report
Looking thinner than ever: journalist
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 18, 2013 6:50 AM CST
Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges a cheering crowd during his second-to-last Angelus prayer from the window of his apartments at the Vatican, Feb. 17, 2013.   (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

(Newser) – Pope Benedict cited deteriorating strength in explaining his exit, and now specifics are becoming clear via the Los Angeles Times. The pontiff has apparently gone blind in one eye, says Peter Seewald, a German journalist and frequent Benedict interviewer. When Seewald saw the pope 10 weeks ago, his hearing had weakened and "his body had become so thin that the tailors had difficulty in keeping up with newly fitted clothes," the journalist said. "I'd never seen him so exhausted-looking, so worn down." Benedict reportedly told Seewald that "the strength is ebbing. I think what I've done is enough." Would he retire? "That depends on how much my physical strength will force me to that."

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clarenccharlie
Feb 19, 2013 12:33 AM CST
Wish we can end the mafia type people around the world some of his speech was about ending mafia violence. we have to teach & tell people not to respect them the mafia are bad people that need to be Arrested. I guess it impossible to stop a few mafia before the pope retire. WISH can we work on it must be A WAY TO PUT LEGAL PRESSURE DON'T BREK THE LAW
1492
Feb 18, 2013 12:47 PM CST
For 2,013 years the church has been closing One Eye and looking the other way when it comes to child abuse by the pontificated ones. They have been hard of hearing thus becoming experts in the transfer of one pontificated after another..... I am Catholic. I have never condoned what my Church has done or is doing. This Church was ordained by the most Sacred One through the apostle Peter. Who went on to become the first Pope. Peter passed the order of the most Sacred One to hear confession, to the Bishops, to the priests....It is the Office of Confession as ordained by Christ. Even if the Priest hearing it is an abuser, while he is in that Office, he has the power to forgive our sins. They are hard of hearing when new and progressive ideas or ways are divinely given. I respect that they are the followers and givers of confession as ordered by our most Sacred One. But confessing to each other and forgiving each other for each other's sins is the Hipocrisy of the Church. The Lord ordained for them to hear our confessions Giving the order "Whose sins you forgive, they shall be forgiven, whose sins you don't forgive, they shall be retained (kept)." Kept until they are sincerely sorry and never to commit such sins again. So, the Pope steps down. He has seen the light. He is saying "No More, Not On My Watch"......I respect that...but nothing will change. 1942
backpath2
Feb 18, 2013 11:51 AM CST
If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out. (Matthew 18:9)