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    Pope Benedict is retiring

    It's all over the news here. Obviously, Pope Benedict has made an announcement that he will resign by the end of February due to his poor health.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21411304

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    Just saw this on the morning news. Quite a surprise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pomtzu View Post
    Just saw this on the morning news. Quite a surprise!
    Indeed! As far as I know, this hasn't happened too many times before. I thought they'd have to stay in that office until they die.
    Then again, I can understand that decision if he feels his strength is dwindling so he can no longer do a good job.

    However, looks like conspiracy theories are already blooming all over the net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirsten View Post
    Indeed! As far as I know, this hasn't happened too many times before. I thought they'd have to stay in that office until they die.
    Then again, I can understand that decision if he feels his strength is dwindling so he can no longer do a good job.

    However, looks like conspiracy theories are already blooming all over the net.
    I'm not Catholic, so not at all familiar with the laws of the Catholic Church, but I imagine retiring rather than dying in office, is much more desirable.

    And conspiracy - oh I don't doubt that at all. I was absolutely sickened by the conspiracy theories and video about them, that surfaced after the Sandy Hook massacre when those 20 little school kids were needlessly murdered here in The States.
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    A pope can resign at any time.

    The BBC's David Willey in Rome says the move has come as a shock - but adds that in theory there has never been anything stopping Pope Benedict or any of his predecessors from stepping aside.

    Under the Catholic Church's governing code, Canon Law, the only conditions for the validity of such a resignation are that it be made freely and be properly published.

    But resignation is extremely rare: the last Pope to step aside was Pope Gregory XII, who resigned in 1415 amid a schism within the Church.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    A pope can resign at any time.
    I didn't know that. (I'm not Catholic) I wonder what he will do after he leaves the papacy. Maybe he will write or continue to be a theologian in some other way if his health allows.
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    I think with people living a long time, a Papal resignation was inevitable. I just didn't expect to see it in this day and age. It's been almost 600 years since it happened last, so is indeed an unusual event. I heard it this morning; when I heard there was breaking news about the Pope I thought they were going to announce he died; he's quite old.
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    Well, I'm not Catholic either, so I was also surprised that popes can resign, if they wish. Learned something new today.


    Quote Originally Posted by cassiesmom View Post
    I didn't know that. (I'm not Catholic) I wonder what he will do after he leaves the papacy. Maybe he will write or continue to be a theologian in some other way if his health allows.
    I think he will spend some quality time with his brother now; who is 89...

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    Word is that a Canadian is a good bet for the position...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catty1 View Post
    Word is that a Canadian is a good bet for the position...

    The Pill is a no-no eh?
    It's about a Pope retiring, the first in over 600 years. I think the religious debate thread is in another section.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady's Human View Post
    It's about a Pope retiring, the first in over 600 years. I think the religious debate thread is in another section.........
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    I do hope they put someone in a bit younger for the next Pope. I'm not Catholic but have family members who are. I did admire Pope John Paul. He seemed like such a sweet man. He was a hard act to follow.
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    I remember hearing, when Cardinal Ratzinger was elevated to Pope, that the Church acknowledged John Paul II would be a hard act to follow, so they purposefully chose someone "older" so that Pope would have a short term by default. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, as there are those who have long held that as Cardinal, he had too much to do with the clergy abuse coverup to be an effective leader as Pope ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirsten View Post
    It's all over the news here. Obviously, Pope Benedict has made an announcement that he will resign by the end of February due to his poor health.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21411304
    Heard that on the news tonight-- seems it's a first in 600 yrs. They mentioned he was going South of Rome for a time (maybe to rest) , then he is supposed to reside in a convent inside the Vatican-- I assumed he was in ill health and was retiring there to have assistance in the remaing yrs.
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