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Old 02-11-2013, 07:47 AM   #1
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The Pope resigns / New Pope discussion

Surprised this isn't up yet.

Pope Benedict XVI cites age a factor in decision to resign


An octogenarian resigns from perhaps the most pointless, out-of-touch "leadership" role in the entire world, the first to do so in nearly 600 years. I bet there's much more to it than "health" too. /myopinion
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Surprised this isn't up yet.

Pope Benedict XVI cites age a factor in decision to resign


An octogenarian resigns from perhaps the most pointless, out-of-touch "leadership" role in the entire world, the first to do so in nearly 600 years. I bet there's much more to it than "health" too. /myopinion
I was going to post this but I had to get to work.

Yeah, this is interesting. I really would like to see who will be the next Pope. But it could be guaranteed that it will be another hardline conservative preaching the same absurdities.
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But it could be guaranteed that it will be another hardline conservative preaching the same absurdities.
Oh without a shred of doubt. Don't try and bring the Vatican into the 21st century or anything.
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Well, I can see this thread is already going to be a waste of time.

And you wonder why there's no discourse in Free Your Mind.
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It's not promising, that's for sure. It's difficult to start a rational or meaningful conversation when the opening salvo is so openly derisive and dismissive.
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I mean I'm not going to deny it is an odd time for him to retire but cobbler pretty much start this thread accusing him of child molestation
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Surprised this isn't up yet.

Not everyone is Australian and lives 16 hours ahead in the future.

How must the Hawaiians feel? The day has already happened when they wake up.
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To be fair, though there is no evidence that Ratzinger himself ever engaged in child molestation, there is lots of credible evidence to show that he, at best, knew that priests were molesting kids and did nothing, or at worst (and the evidence leans somewhat more towards this), he knew and actively sought to cover it up.
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Again, I'm not saying he isn't worth of derision, but not sure it was mandated so quickly.
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Oh he's not resigning until the end of the month? The timings not as strange as I thought in that case. still Easter, it is weird.
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To be fair, though there is no evidence that Ratzinger himself ever engaged in child molestation, there is lots of credible evidence to show that he, at best, knew that priests were molesting kids and did nothing, or at worst (and the evidence leans somewhat more towards this), he knew and actively sought to cover it up.
True, and that evidence will overshadow his papacy. That along with his refusal to ordain women as priests and harshly criticizing gay and lesbians.

Honestly, I can't think of anything good Pope Benedict did during his papacy. Pope John Paul II was credited in helping bring down the Iron Curtain and for traveling to practically every corner of the globe to meet with Catholics. He was a hard act to follow, granted, but this Pope didn't do much that was admirable.
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Oh he's not resigning until the end of the month? The timings not as strange as I thought in that case. still Easter, it is weird.
Indeed. He's doing this during Lent. Ash Wednesday is this week.

So the cardinals are going to choose a new Pope right in time for Easter? The timing is suspicious to me.
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True. He's doing this during Lent. Ash Wednesday is this week.

So the cardinals are going to choose a new Pope right in time for Easter? The timing is suspicious to me.
The quote says something along the lines of the timing is a hypothesis they don't know for certain that they will have a new pope by easter
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True, and that evidence will overshadow his papacy. That along with his refusal to ordain women as priests and harshly criticizing gay and lesbians.

Honestly, I can't think of anything good Pope Benedict did during his papacy. Pope John Paul II was credited in helping bring down the Iron Curtain and for traveling to practically every corner of the globe to meet with Catholics. He was a hard act to follow, granted, but this Pope didn't do much that was admirable.
I'm not Catholic personally and I was never all that fond of him. Even my utmost staunchly Catholic friend frequently referred to him as Pope Paparazzi so no I don't think he was overly popular.
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You have to admit, he had great taste in shoes. And male companions.
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