The Pope is stepping down…

This is a first in 600 years.

Pope Benedict XVI is to resign on February 28 due to his “deteriorating” health.

He will be the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to resign in almost 600 years, with his departure expected to leave the post vacant for around three weeks.

The 85-year-old German’s resignation letter said: “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.

Get ready for the the MSM editorials calling for a Church to choose a new Pope who is softer on birth control, gay marriage, abortion, divorce… that sort of thing. Day after day, week after week, until a new Pope is appointed, the MSM will be calling for the appointment of a new Pope who is, you know, not Catholic.

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23 Responses to The Pope is stepping down…

  1. dukkaA says:

    Fred Phelps?

  2. Uke says:

    At some point in th future, the Church *will* cave to such pressures. Maybe not this Pope, maybe not the next, but soon. Like any other organization, the Church is under great pressure to “stay relevant.”

    “Staying relevant” is, of course just another way of saying “being led by the culture instead of leading it.”

  3. John Cox says:

    Pope Peter II

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    Is the next Pope the last Pope? Screw the Mayans. Here is your end of days prophesy.

    The Prophecy of the Popes, attributed to Saint Malachy, is a list of 112 short phrases in Latin. They purport to describe each of the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few anti-popes), beginning with Pope Celestine II (elected in 1143) and concluding with current pope Benedict XVI’s successor, a pope described in the prophecy as “Peter the Roman”, whose pontificate will end in the destruction of the city of Rome.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes

    Probably all hokum, right? On the other hand, why not prepare your soul anyway? What do you have to lose?

    • notamobster says:

      I’m not sure “better safe than sorry” works as a redeeming prayer for forgiveness.

      Dear Lord,

      I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me for my sins and help me to have a better understanding of your purpose for my life, cuz, let’s face it – I’m better safe than sorry.

      In Jesus name, Amen.

      :-)

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I am guessing “What do you have to lose?” has saved more souls than any other thought process. Faith is a gift that comes when you stop rejecting it. Why you stop rejecting faith is really pretty meaningless. All that matters is having faith.

        • notamobster says:

          Fair enough. I’ve always viewed it (asking forgiveness) as a matter of contrition.

          One of the hang-ups I’ve always had with the notion of universal vicarious atonement is that no matter how you skew it, it still comes down to what you do or don’t do. It just shortens the list of things you have to do from Levitical Law to one thing. Accepting.

  5. R.D. Walker says:

    Let the retarded conspiracy mongering begin!


  6. RJ says:

    I gotta say I didn’t know quitting was an option for The Pope.

    That being said, if it is so bad he gets discouraged and quits ya know the situation is Fubard.

  7. Uke says:

    I don’t really understand why “Pope ’til Death” is a valuable tradition at all. Never did. Why can’t it be like we do with the Supremes, where they retire at very old age, and have nothing but fumes left in the tank? Let’s be honest, those last few years are often rife with senility/disease/whatever anyway.

    I understand Will of God issues, but we also understand that he isn’t inclined to micromanagement either.

  8. Bman says:

    If he quits, he loses his health care. I bet it’s a pretty good plan, too.

  9. James says:

    I like this Pope because he has integrity.
    He realized that holding the position will not serve the church well because of his failing health. And he took action.

    • notamobster says:

      Dear Lord,

      Please, send me a sign…

      :-)

    • notamobster says:

      Last Pope, Peter the Roman?

      Cardinal Peter Turkson, a 64-year-old Ghanaian prelate, is the bookmaker’s early favourite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.

      He told The Daily Telegraph Tuesday that his biggest challenge, should he be elected, would be to maintain an orthodox Catholic doctrine while “at the same time knowing how to apply it so that you do not become irrelevant in a world that has continuous changes”

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