Whether it was a face-saving political move or genuinely the wishes of the Lord, former pope Benedict, 86, is saying he left his day job in February because God told him to.

The directive supposedly went down during a ?mystical experience? that lasted for months. And to clarify, Benedict didn?t actually hear God?s thunderous, Charlton Heston-like baritone speaking to him, but says God inspired an ?absolute desire? in him to retire to a life of prayer. His explanation in February was based on his abilities being diminished by ?advanced age.?

Benedict?s comments, made to an unnamed source, were reported by Catholic news agency Zenit. A Vatican source stated that ?The report seems credible. It accurately explains the spiritual process that brought Benedict to resign.? [Source]

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