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Pope to retire

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Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as the head of the Catholic Church, saying he is too old to continue at the age of 85.

It seems to be a straight forward case of being to old to handle the travel schedule.

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Submitted by par4 on

So the pedophile protecting ex-NAZI is a quitter just like Sarah Palin.


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When he and his pal, John Paul II, took over things, the RCC was a moderate-to-liberal religious organization in several important respects--not least, the Liberation Theology movement. Thanks to the two of them, it's one of most forward looking institutions of the 7th century.

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Submitted by lizpolaris on

So much for being called by God to be the rock of the church, which by their own traditions would be as long as you are able, even if you're doing it from a hospital room. He could have stopped traveling, relied more on his underlings, whatever popes have been doing for the last 600 years. But I guess he wants to give up his post, seeing it as a burden rather than divine providence, and enjoy his last few years being supported in retirement. I'm not a Catholic but this seems crass to me, for a truly religious person.

I'm left wondering how the Holy See can top the Ratzinger selection with someone even worse than a former Nazi and pedophile apologist.

Submitted by lambert on

There seems to be rather a lot of stories about pedophilia in large male-dominated institutions in the recent past: The Catholic Church, various evangelical churches, the Boy Scouts, Penn State football, the BBC, even what looks like the world of high finance.

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