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    Pope resigns

    Pope Benedict to resign at the end of the month, Vatican says - CNN.com

    ADDED: Health reasons are being cited in early reports.
    The morality of abortion is not a religious belief, any more than the morality of slavery, apartheid, rape, larceny, murder or arson is a religious belief. These are norms of the natural law of mankind and can be legislated even in a completely religionless society.

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    Re: Pope resigns

    Wow, I didn't even know a Pope could resign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Wow, I didn't even know a Pope could resign.
    Apparently it's witheringly rare, last resignation was 600 years ago according to Fox News.

    Dear Brothers,

    I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

    Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
    From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

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    The morality of abortion is not a religious belief, any more than the morality of slavery, apartheid, rape, larceny, murder or arson is a religious belief. These are norms of the natural law of mankind and can be legislated even in a completely religionless society.

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    Re: Pope resigns

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Wow, I didn't even know a Pope could resign.
    First one in over 600 years.
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    Re: Pope resigns

    Well. Good on him, then. Not easy to willingly give up position; says alot about his humility.

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    Re: Pope resigns

    Wow!

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    Re: Pope resigns

    Dominus vobiscum

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    Re: Pope resigns

    I'd say he's got dementia or something like that that would make it impossible for him to pope properly.
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    Re: Pope resigns

    Given that Pope John Paul looked like he could barely hold his head up toward the end of his life, yet he was Pope until he died, the health reason thing seems a little surprising. Seemed like there was always some controversy around this Pope.

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    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.

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