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    wishing him the best. not many give up that position without dying first. he has put the position before himself.

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    I am not Catholic so I am not really sure exactly what this means to the Church, but I would bet it is because of Alzheimers or some other organic brain disease, that he is afraid he will make bad decisions or something that his staff could not control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Heard this morning coming over the Hot News.. The news is also reporting it a partly being his age. He is 85. But again.....there hasn't been a Pope to resign in over 600 years.
    But most popes don't get past 80, either. I think I read it reported that only Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI got past 80. Wikipedia says: If requested, a diocesan bishop must offer his resignation from the governance of his diocese on completion of his seventy-fifth year of age and cardinals are not allowed to join a conclave after reaching eighty.

    A man can still be vital at 80 and certainly have all the intellectual capacity of any adult, but there is no octagenarian that can seriously claim to have the energy they did earlier in life. Being a leader on the world stage is a terribly hard job, even for a middle aged man in the prime of his life. Just look at pictures of past presidents from inauguration to their last days in office...the job ages you quite a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    But most popes don't get past 80, either. I think I read it reported that only Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI got past 80. Wikipedia says: If requested, a diocesan bishop must offer his resignation from the governance of his diocese on completion of his seventy-fifth year of age and cardinals are not allowed to join a conclave after reaching eighty.

    A man can still be vital at 80 and certainly have all the intellectual capacity of any adult, but there is no octagenarian that can seriously claim to have the energy they did earlier in life. Being a leader on the world stage is a terribly hard job, even for a middle aged man in the prime of his life. Just look at pictures of past presidents from inauguration to their last days in office...the job ages you quite a bit.

    How do you think this will affect the Catholic Church? Do you think it is also about the change with Catholics here in America? Besides his health issues and age. I wonder how the Leaders of some other religions are reacting to this news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    How do you think this will affect the Catholic Church? Do you think it is also about the change with Catholics here in America? Besides his health issues and age. I wonder how the Leaders of some other religions are reacting to this news.
    Many American Catholics will demand Ronald Reagan be made Pope. They will insist the fact that he is dead and wasn't a Catholic shouldn't be a reason to deny the world his greatness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Pope Benedict to resign at the end of the month, Vatican says - CNN.com

    ADDED: Health reasons are being cited in early reports.
    Well, at least I doubt they'll be able to find someone worse for the job.

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    I didn't know a Pope could resign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BmanMcfly View Post
    Well, at least I doubt they'll be able to find someone worse for the job.
    The Pope's leadership of 1.2 billion Catholics has been beset by a child sexual abuse crisis that tarnished the Church, one address in which he upset Muslims and a scandal over the leaking of his private papers by his personal butler.

    Before he was elected Pope, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was known by such critical epithets as "God's rottweiler" because of his stern stand on theological issues.

    A spokesman for the German government said he was "moved" by the news while Israel's chief rabbi praised Benedict's inter-faith outreach and wished him good health.

    But his trip to Germany also prompted the first major crisis of his pontificate. In a university lecture he quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor as saying Islam had only brought evil to the world and that it was spread by the sword.

    After protests that included attacks on churches in the Middle East and the killing of a nun in Somalia, the Pope later said he regretted any misunderstanding the speech caused.

    In a move that was widely seen as conciliatory, in late 2006 he made a historic trip to predominantly Muslim Turkey and prayed in Istanbul's Blue Mosque with a Turkish Mufti.....snip~


    Yeah.....I would say one who wasn't anywhere close of really being popular or a force for their religion. Plus he is getting out during their crisis over Marriage with Catholics in the US, as well as the usual issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Steel View Post
    Many American Catholics will demand Ronald Reagan be made Pope. They will insist the fact that he is dead and wasn't a Catholic shouldn't be a reason to deny the world his greatness.


    Meh Myself I think many are thinking he may switch back over to the Dark Side of the Force.

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    Wonder how long until the other show drops......

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