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Old 02-11-2013, 06:13 AM   #1
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Pope Benedict XVI resigning at the end of this month

from BBC news (and offhand, I do not recall any Pope who has resigned from office over the past few hundreds of years!):


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

11 February 2013 Last updated at 11:06 GMT

Pope Benedict XVI is to resign


The Pope is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, the Vatican has confirmed.

The 85-year-old became Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005 following the death of John Paul II.

The reasons behind the pontiff's surprise resignation have yet to emerge.

At 78, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was one of the oldest new popes in history when elected.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:22 AM   #2
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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Very odd. I can only suspect he is terminally ill.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:52 AM   #4
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He is saying it is because he feels too old to continue. And the last pope to resign was in the 1400s, so a good 600 years ago.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:59 AM   #5
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If it is his health, we'll find that out soon enough. If it isn't, well, this is the Vatican. We'll have to wait a few years for the rumors to circulate.

My guess would be that it honestly is his health - he's 85, after all. He might be suffering from some form of dementia or have some illness that is affecting his reasoning. If so, it is a sign of the Church adapting to the times for the better. ATM, we will have to take it on face value, and Occam's Razor would suggest that this simple explanation is likely the correct one.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:10 AM   #6
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surprising news given that you're usually Pope until death.

However, he's 86 in a couple of months and if he doesn't feel he can do the job any longer, it's probably best that he does resign.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:23 AM   #7
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surprising news given that you're usually Pope until death.

However, he's 86 in a couple of months and if he doesn't feel he can do the job any longer, it's probably best that he does resign.


He says he no longer has the physical strength. I give him credit, usually these guys get so old they have to be held up and can barely sit.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:35 AM   #8
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I didn't know they "could" resign. Surprising and fascinating.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:48 AM   #9
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If it is his health, we'll find that out soon enough. If it isn't, well, this is the Vatican. We'll have to wait a few years for the rumors to circulate.

My guess would be that it honestly is his health - he's 85, after all. He might be suffering from some form of dementia or have some illness that is affecting his reasoning. If so, it is a sign of the Church adapting to the times for the better. ATM, we will have to take it on face value, and Occam's Razor would suggest that this simple explanation is likely the correct one.
I wondered if he was diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimers, or something else that would be affecting him mentally. I find it sad that he is resigning. You know that when he became Pope, he was expecting to do it until his death and that this was not an easy decision for him.n
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I just wonder if there will be a new Pope by Easter. Who will conduct the mass at the Vatican if there's not?
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:52 AM   #11
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Maybe he has decided to convert I'm sorry, couldn't resist.

I would assume its health related. That is a lot of pressure and responsibility for an 86 year old.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:54 AM   #13
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I wondered if he was diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimers, or something else that would be affecting him mentally. I find it sad that he is resigning. You know that when he became Pope, he was expecting to do it until his death and that this was not an easy decision for him.n
That is what I was thinking. He probably feels as if he couldn't handle all that will be asked of him over the next 2 months. I would guess they will elect a new Pope asap.
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I just wonder if there will be a new Pope by Easter. Who will conduct the mass at the Vatican if there's not?
I'm positive there will be a new Pope by Easter. There does not have to be a waiting period to start the conclave procedure of electing another Pope. I've no doubt that the Vatican is feeling the pressure to get another Pope in ASAP.
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I find the selection of a new Pope completely fascinating and I am looking forward to the process. It's an opportunity to mix both religion and politics in one . Kudos to Pope Benedict for recognizing his weaknesses and sacrificing his personal interests for the best interest of the Church. Let the Vatican Smoke Watch begin!
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