Pope resigning
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(02-11-2013, 11:47 AM)CatholicMatthew Wrote: Yes, I am pretty stunned.  The thing that worries me about this as well is the ramifications for non-believers; isn't there a potential that people will look at the papacy like a job now? Just something that you can give up the helm of when you've had enough? 

I always thought about the Papcy a bit like Baptism - you can't unmake yourself Pope any more than you can unmake yourself Baptised; it's something that happened and imprinted an indelible supernatural mark upon you.  Is that wrong?  Perhaps a lack of understanding of Canon law here or something? 


Popes are allowed to resign. It just doesn't happen very often. Plus, we don't know the whole story. There have been rumors that the Pope has cancer. If this is true- or some other illness, maybe he hasn't been given that long to live. And honestly, who cares what non-believers think. He's not doing anything wrong. They can think what they like.
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#12
Fr. Ray Blake has a good article on the Pope's abdication. It's called 'Most Popes Reign for 1-5 Years.'

http://marymagdalen.blogspot.com/2013/02...years.html
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(02-11-2013, 08:10 AM)SouthpawLink Wrote:
(02-11-2013, 08:05 AM)Adam_Michael Wrote:
(02-11-2013, 07:51 AM)Blessed Pokemon88 Wrote: Shouldn't this thread be in the Cornfield.   :)

Why?

I suspect, hopefully not rashly, that it's an implied joke about sedevacantism.  Personally, I don't think now is the right time for that.

Personally, I agree.  Not time for levity.
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(02-11-2013, 07:18 AM)CatholicMatthew Wrote: Is this a joke?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21411304


WOW!!
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(02-11-2013, 11:47 AM)CatholicMatthew Wrote: ...the ramifications for non-believers; isn't there a potential that people will look at the papacy like a job now? Just something that you can give up the helm of when you've had enough? 

Many people I know are questioning me about this very thing.  Even a few "Catholics".

:pray:
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(02-11-2013, 02:59 PM)Adam_Michael Wrote:
(02-11-2013, 11:47 AM)CatholicMatthew Wrote: ...the ramifications for non-believers; isn't there a potential that people will look at the papacy like a job now? Just something that you can give up the helm of when you've had enough? 

Many people I know are questioning me about this very thing.  Even a few "Catholics".

:pray:

Pope Benedict XI was close to Pope John Paul II and would have seen him struggling to maintain the papacy while dealing with failing health.  Pope Benedict probably was a first hand witness to ways in which this harmed the Church.  His actions make perfect sense to me.
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(02-11-2013, 01:17 PM)SLCFranciscan Wrote:
(02-11-2013, 08:10 AM)SouthpawLink Wrote:
(02-11-2013, 08:05 AM)Adam_Michael Wrote:
(02-11-2013, 07:51 AM)Blessed Pokemon88 Wrote: Shouldn't this thread be in the Cornfield.   :)

Why?

I suspect, hopefully not rashly, that it's an implied joke about sedevacantism.  Personally, I don't think now is the right time for that.

Personally, I agree.  Not time for levity.

Who's Levity?
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#18
Yeah, right after my family heard I was talking with dad about if the pope were to go into a coma. How can the Church function well with Her visible head unconscious for an extended period of time? I think maybe it could become it was during the Western Schism. I think in this respect the pope is being very prudent.
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(02-11-2013, 07:18 AM)CatholicMatthew Wrote: Is this a joke?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21411304
no
:pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:
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#20
Pope to leave at the end of the month:
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories...300560.htm

His announcement shocks religious leaders worldwide:
http://ncronline.org/print/news/vatican/...us-leaders

Lightning hits St. Peter's within hours after resignation announcement:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...gPage=true

Decision was reportedly made months ago:
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02...nation/?hp

Eleven Cardinal electors will be Americans, the most ever:
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/...-pope?lite

Top candidates to replace the current Pontiff:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/1...FL20130211

Text of resignation:
http://en.radiovaticana.va/articolo.asp?...WEET596448

His life in photos:
http://refreshingnews99.blogspot.in/2013...tures.html

Flashback: "Pray that I may not flee for fear of the wolves."
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedi...to_en.html

New Pope expected by Easter (March 31 this year):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21411304?print=true

Past Popes who have resigned:
http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/24...n-the-past

Pope will retire to a life of prayer in a monastery:
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/b...etirement/
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