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.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."