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    Unhappy The Pope Resigns

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/201...feb-28-vatican

    Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign due to old age, becoming the first pontiff in 700 years to step down because he can no longer fulfil his duties, in a move that's stunned the world.

    The German-born leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics said he would resign on February 28 after just eight years as pope, making his one of the shortest pontificates in modern history.
    The 85-year old pontiff made the announcement in a speech in Latin at a meeting with world cardinals in his residence in the Apostolic Palace on Monday, dressed in red vestments and with his voice barely audible as he read a written text.

    "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," he said.
    As tributes poured in from across the world, the Vatican emphasised that the former Joseph Ratzinger was not resigning due to any illness, following speculation over his frail appearance at recent ceremonies.
    Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said he expected a conclave of cardinals to be held in March within 15 or 20 days of the resignation and a new pope elected before Easter Sunday on March 31.

    "The Pope caught us a bit by surprise," Lombardi said at a hastily arranged press conference.
    Benedict's brother, Georg Ratzinger, told AFP he had known "for a few months" that he was planning to resign and was "feeling the burden of his age".
    "It is a positive thing that he is handing over the office to younger hands," he said.
    Some faithful said they hoped the move would signal a major change for the church after a conservative pontificate that has been marred by scandals, including most notably clerical child abuse.

    Vatican observers have already begun speculating over who could succeed Benedict, with online betters tipping an African pope as the most likely.
    But some say the number of cardinals from Europe and North America who can vote for a new pope - 76 out of 118 - could sway the choice to a Western state.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel led tributes from political and religious leaders across the globe, hailing Benedict as "one of the most significant religious thinkers of our time".

    US President Barack Obama offered "our appreciation and prayers" on behalf of all Americans.
    Justin Welby, leader of the world's Anglicans, said he understood "with a heavy heart" Benedict's decision, and that he had held his office with "great dignity, insight and courage".

    The Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel said Benedict XVI had improved ties between the two religions and which helped reduce anti-Semitism around the world.
    Shocked believers flocked to St Peter's Square to express their dismay at what will be only the second formal resignation in the Catholic church's 2000-year history after Celestine V in 1294.

    "I love Benedict. We're really shocked he's resigning because he wasn't pope for long enough. He hasn't finished his plan," said Sebastian Mazur, a 21-year-old trainee priest from Poland.

    Jennifer, a 30-year-old mother of two from the United States who lives in Rome, said: "It's sadder today than when Pope John Paul II died because at least that was natural."
    Gian Maria Vian, editor of the Vatican's official daily, L'Osservatore Romano, said the Pope took his decision after a particularly wearying trip to Mexico and Cuba last year and only after "a repeated examination of his conscience".
    Benedict, who succeeded the late Pope John Paul II in 2005 and is known as a diehard traditionalist and a lightning rod for controversy, will retire to a monastery within the Vatican walls.

    The Pope, who has often had to use a mobile platform to move around St Peter's basilica during church services, had hinted in a book of interviews in 2010 that he might resign if he felt he was no longer able to carry out his duties.
    The Pope suffers from arthritis, had a stroke while he was still cardinal and broke a wrist when he slipped in the bath in 2009.
    Benedict was the Catholic church's doctrinal enforcer for many years and earned the nickname, God's Rottweiler. He is an academic theologian who has written numerous books including a trilogy on the life of Jesus Christ that he completed last Christmas.
    The guiding principle of Benedict's papacy has been to reinvigorate the Catholic faith, particularly among young people and in countries with rising levels of secularism such as in Europe and North America.

    He has shown a degree of openness on some moral issues - becoming the first pope ever to speak about the possibility of using contraception to avoid the spread of the AIDS virus - but is better known for his fierce opposition to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage.
    The US Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which has been highly critical of Benedict's handling of the pedophilia scandal, called on the church to "select a pontiff who puts child safety and victim healing first".
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    Wonder if people are going to remember the Pope from his earlier days when he got a pardon from Bush 2 for any involvement in those sexual abuse allegations.

    Probably not.

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    To declare that a personal, inner experience gives certainty about the workings of the universe is to assign far too much value to one’s subjective sense of conviction.
    I’m not that arrogant.

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    We already tried this thread once and it was closed.

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    I've heard about this. If you see his pictures though, you can tell he's looking awfully weak. Kinda looks like Darth Vader without his helmet.

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    Heck, holy priests must be in a really bad place if even the pope decided to reroll monk.

    Remain on topic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Regennis View Post
    We already tried this thread once and it was closed.
    Well let's see if the thread can remain on-topic. Knowing MMO-Champion's community though, I doubt it.

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    I can certainly see why he has done this I don't know why more Popes haven't done this in the past.

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    I thought you had to pass away from this post?...Guess I learned something new.

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    Going from holy man to lord of the Sith is a big step. I will support him all the way though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osyrus View Post
    I thought you had to pass away from this post?...Guess I learned something new.
    Apparently it's perfectly fine by church law. It's very rarely done though, 1 time in history until Benedict.

    At least that's what the news told me a few hours ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texaswarrior View Post
    Heck, holy priests must be in a really bad place if even the pope decided to reroll monk.
    Didn't want this to be no-sold. I chuckled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osyrus View Post
    I thought you had to pass away from this post?...Guess I learned something new.
    Years ago health could fade faster and life not be prolonged as much. Maybe he wants to go out while he is still able to function instead of being like John Paul II was at the end, could be for his own good and the good of the church.

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    I just hope they get a reformer in for the next Pope. I'd love it if Catholic doctrine could move more towards the American Nuns, and away from the "you shouldn't use condoms" message.
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    they should make Chuck Norris pope!
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    I'm curious if this decision was a self-motivated one, or if people have persuaded him he isn't suitable for the job. There is always the chance that this story is simply what it appears to be a face-value though, but when is that ever the case!

    I'd be curious to see who takes his place and what promises, if any, they will make for the early days of their reign.

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    they should make Chuck Norris pope!
    Being insane is fine if you've been pope for a while, but I don't think they let it slide if you are already crazy to begin with!

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    Thought this would be against forum rules...but if it not.....I dont have much time for religion in any form, but I'm glad this appalling person is no longer the leader of the catholic church, he is implicated in systematic coverups of abuse on a horrific scale, he is bigoted and incredibly conservative in his views. maybe the church can use this opportunity to choose someone more in touch with the modern world, otherwise it will just become increaseingly irrelevant, which is not a bad thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regennis View Post
    We already tried this thread once and it was closed.
    Well, since he resigned its not religious anymore! And now we can say what we want like with Bush \o/

    Freedom at last.

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    I'd like to see a young and progressive pope.

    I'd like to see a new pope come clean about the churches role and culpability in covering up for molestations.

    I'd like to see a new pope rescind the silly rule forbidding priests from marrying. A rule instituted wholly to deprive clergy of a family during a time when priests and cardinals were made out of wealthy and influential families and the church did not want them to have children or wives for their property to pass down to after death.

    I'd like to see a new pope allow women to be priests and stop the idea that women can at most hope to be a nun and never advance into their boys club.

    I'd like to see the new pope reverse the church's stance on homosexuality being an abomination. I know it is in the bible. But 4 times more often that that they refer to eating shrimp as an abomination. And 5 times in the Bible they refer to unicorns. Lets stop with the literalist interpretation of an ancient text and get back to living up to the VALUES of the book.

    I'd like to see the new pope return to the developing world as a friend like Paul did. Jesus ministered to the poor and needy for a reason and we have strayed from that path. Sure we do a lot of charitable works but we have still lost our way. We can improve.

    I'd like to see the new pope be an open member of the world society. Not a king cloistered in his castle.

    I'd like to see these things but as a long time Catholic I am VERY skeptical if I will ever see them.

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