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2013-02-11 06:24:15 AM  
Quitter.
 
2013-02-11 06:24:57 AM  
He's only following the example of his illustrious predecessor, Benedict IX.
 
2013-02-11 06:25:04 AM  
I guess there's new information coming out about how he enabled child rape.
 
2013-02-11 06:25:23 AM  
Wait...can he do that?
 
2013-02-11 06:25:23 AM  
Pope poops out. Catholics craving closure. Altar boys aspire to avoid assrape.
 
2013-02-11 06:26:09 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Quitter.


I find your lack of faith... disturbing.
 
2013-02-11 06:26:10 AM  
As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?  Because these days I don't believe something so huge and unexpected from the Church makes anyone think "oh it's really just his poor health."

Also, the last time the pope resigned was in 1415 to avoid a schism- here's the article on papal resgination on Wikipedia.
 
2013-02-11 06:27:13 AM  
Doesn't have the strength to molest like he used to
 
2013-02-11 06:27:57 AM  

maddogdelta: I guess there's new information coming out about how he enabled child rape.


Unlikely. If the church considered child rape to be a problem, plenty of others would have gone before now. More likely he got caught doing something immoral and reprehensible, like genuflecting on the wrong knee.
 
2013-02-11 06:28:02 AM  
First in600 years I just heard on the radio. That is nuts. Dnrta.
 
2013-02-11 06:28:04 AM  

Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?  Because these days I don't believe something so huge and unexpected from the Church makes anyone think "oh it's really just his poor health."

Also, the last time the pope resigned was in 1415 to avoid a schism- here's the article on papal resgination on Wikipedia.


Probably child rape enabling.

/lame-ass headline, Farkmin
 
2013-02-11 06:28:06 AM  
Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
 
2013-02-11 06:28:16 AM  
Well that doesn't happen very often.
 
2013-02-11 06:28:18 AM  
I didn't know they could do that.  I'm imagining that fast food scene - "fark you, fark you, you're cool, etc."  Is there an old Pope's retirement home?
 
2013-02-11 06:28:30 AM  
He was always a temp-pope anyway. The choice for next pope will be revealing.
 
2013-02-11 06:28:33 AM  

punishmentforshoplifting: Wait...can he do that?


Yup. Lot's of precedent, though all of it centuries old.
 
2013-02-11 06:28:33 AM  
First time in 600 years....

So who here thinks that someone has proof that he either actively covered up a child abuse scandal, or that he did a little boy himself.

Personally I think he's doing a tricky Dick and resigning as part of a deal to avoid the details coming out.
 
2013-02-11 06:28:46 AM  

Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?


What could be worse than we already know?
 
2013-02-11 06:29:01 AM  
Smoking
 
2013-02-11 06:29:07 AM  
So, if his health fails and Catholicism is the One True Religion, that's going to be one awkward conversation in the afterlife.

//Also, what's with all the fire?
 
2013-02-11 06:29:08 AM  

gadian: Is there an old Pope's retirement home?


What kind of papal pension does he get?
 
2013-02-11 06:29:21 AM  
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James Franco was really into his role as Pope Benedict XVI.
 
2013-02-11 06:29:24 AM  
This is bad news....... for..well....nobody .
 
2013-02-11 06:29:29 AM  
Didn't someone point out a while back that they picked an old guy for pope in the first place so they had time to pick a better candidate for pope that would be around a while?
 
2013-02-11 06:29:36 AM  
He ran the inquisition that tracked every single molestation case in the church worldwide. He would have never survived any scrutiny when the documents are finally revealed.
 
2013-02-11 06:29:53 AM  
I did Nazi this coming.Also, good riddance.
 
2013-02-11 06:30:05 AM  
@pontifexed "Yes, it's true, I'm resigning as Pope - I just miss the 'hands on' side of being a normal Catholic priest..."
 
2013-02-11 06:30:34 AM  

Mr.Tangent: Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?

What could be worse than we already know?


Seeing as they didn't kick him out for what we already knew... it's going to be pretty bad.
 
2013-02-11 06:30:37 AM  

beerbaron: He was always a temp-pope anyway. The choice for next pope will be revealing.


Yea, cause when they select an old conservative who wants to run the church like it was the middle ages it will be a big surprise.
 
2013-02-11 06:30:39 AM  

Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?


The awesome part is, even if there is no scandal the conspiracy types will invent one.
 
2013-02-11 06:30:47 AM  
There is no way his next holiness could be more photoshop ready.

This is a sad day for all of us.
 
2013-02-11 06:31:19 AM  
So is it going to be awkward between him and God now? Is God accidentally going to talk to him when He means to talk to the new Pope?
 
2013-02-11 06:31:22 AM  
Petrus Romanus up next
Could everyone stop having a doomsday, please.
 
2013-02-11 06:31:33 AM  

Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?  Because these days I don't believe something so huge and unexpected from the Church makes anyone think "oh it's really just his poor health."

Also, the last time the pope resigned was in 1415 to avoid a schism- here's the article on papal resgination on Wikipedia.


This. I remember during the final years of the papacy of John Paul II, there were many calls for him to stand down due to ill health. At that time everybody in the Church dismissed the very idea, saying that Popes don't resign; only God decides when they are done.

So yeah, I rate this explanation one rung above "spending more time with his family".
 
2013-02-11 06:31:45 AM  

punishmentforshoplifting: Wait...can he do that?


He can. Popes have resigned before, but the last one was back in the 1400s. Usually they just die in office. Either he';s starting to go senile (hence the wording "healthy in body and mind") and felt unable to lead the Church, there's a really damaging report coming out on his role in the sex abuse scandal (there is already strong circumstantial evidence that he helped cover up cases in Germany), or a combination of both. I wonder who the new pope will be.
 
2013-02-11 06:31:49 AM  
This position is supposed to be a direct link to god.  It doesn't seem like it's a job you can just quit.

 Oh well,I'm sure they won't have any trouble finding another pedophile enabler to replace him.
 
2013-02-11 06:32:07 AM  
Did Benedict crack under the pressure, or does he have yolk on his face? Either way, he seems to be over easy.
 
2013-02-11 06:32:11 AM  
There can be only one.

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2013-02-11 06:32:16 AM  

Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?  Because these days I don't believe something so huge and unexpected from the Church makes anyone think "oh it's really just his poor health."

Also, the last time the pope resigned was in 1415 to avoid a schism- here's the article on papal resgination on Wikipedia.


I wonder if the butler stuff has anything to do with it
 
2013-02-11 06:32:17 AM  

BigBooper: First time in 600 years....

So who here thinks that someone has proof that he either actively covered up a child abuse scandal, or that he did a little boy himself.

Personally I think he's doing a tricky Dick and resigning as part of a deal to avoid the details coming out.


In Vatican city I'd expect something more like using gay prostitutes or a Swiss Guard sex scandal. But, it may be child abuse related. I can't imagine he'd resign if some bad news weren't coming his way.
 
2013-02-11 06:32:51 AM  

log_jammin: Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?

The awesome part is, even if there is no scandal the conspiracy types will invent one.


Invent one?!?! How about just picking one of the many that are already out?
 
2013-02-11 06:33:08 AM  

BigBooper: beerbaron: He was always a temp-pope anyway. The choice for next pope will be revealing.

Yea, cause when they select an old conservative who wants to run the church like it was the middle ages it will be a big surprise.


Let's be fair. At his worst, Benedict XVI is nowhere as bad as his medieval predecessors were. Not even in the same order of magnitude.
 
2013-02-11 06:33:13 AM  
I wonder if that means he can vote in conclave for the next pope, or be totally removed from the process.

I still consider myself Catholic, although I rarely go to mass these days. I don't think he's left much of a legacy. The next Pope is going to have to resolve the pedophilia scandals and hopefully reform the priesthood. I think it shows a lot of humility that Benedict accepts he's not up to the task anymore and is willing to step aside.
 
2013-02-11 06:33:13 AM  
Holy shait.
 
2013-02-11 06:33:17 AM  

Copper Spork: maddogdelta: I guess there's new information coming out about how he enabled child rape.

Unlikely. If the church considered child rape to be a problem, plenty of others would have gone before now. More likely he got caught doing something immoral and reprehensible, like genuflecting on the wrong knee.



....lemon party?
 
2013-02-11 06:33:32 AM  
He should be sharing a jail cell with Jerry Sandusky
 
2013-02-11 06:33:37 AM  

greentea1985: He can. Popes have resigned before, but the last one was back in the 1400s. Usually they just die in office. Either he';s starting to go senile (hence the wording "healthy in body and mind") and felt unable to lead the Church, there's a really damaging report coming out on his role in the sex abuse scandal (there is already strong circumstantial evidence that he helped cover up cases in Germany), or a combination of both. I wonder who the new pope will be.


Senility didn't stop JP2. Besides, hearing voices is a requirement for becoming Pope.
 
2013-02-11 06:34:07 AM  
Will he be returning to Naboo?
 
2013-02-11 06:34:37 AM  
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Hey!

I'm-a da Pope-a!
 
2013-02-11 06:34:55 AM  
"If you strike me down, I will return stronger than you will ever imagine"
 
2013-02-11 06:34:59 AM  

BigBooper: Invent one?!?! How about just picking one of the many that are already out?


it's what they do best.


.....or are you in on it too???
 
2013-02-11 06:35:26 AM  
I bet it's nothing to do with any sex scandals though.  With an organization as large as the Catholic church with centuries of abusing kids behind them, I really don't think it's a "Fire the Pope" sort of problem.  Corporate hostile takeover, I could see that, though.
 
2013-02-11 06:35:33 AM  

BigBooper: beerbaron: He was always a temp-pope anyway. The choice for next pope will be revealing.

Yea, cause when they select an old conservative who wants to run the church like it was the middle ages it will be a big surprise.




I am guessing a Latin American, maybe youngish and from a region that hasn't been hit by abuse scandals (if there are any).

/Or put in Roger Mahoney just for the lulz
 
2013-02-11 06:35:42 AM  

RexTalionis: He's only following the example of his illustrious predecessor, Benedict IX.


So he's going to sell the Papacy and return to hold it three times?
 
2013-02-11 06:35:52 AM  
Another thing I've just considered- my understanding is one main reason you don't choose the next one until after he dies is so he can't influence the election of his successor.  Which even if he can't vote Benedict obviously will be able to do.

Really sucks for those who are involved in the Church and were hoping to take it in a new direction.
 
2013-02-11 06:35:53 AM  

Copper Spork: greentea1985: He can. Popes have resigned before, but the last one was back in the 1400s. Usually they just die in office. Either he';s starting to go senile (hence the wording "healthy in body and mind") and felt unable to lead the Church, there's a really damaging report coming out on his role in the sex abuse scandal (there is already strong circumstantial evidence that he helped cover up cases in Germany), or a combination of both. I wonder who the new pope will be.

Senility didn't stop JP2. Besides, hearing voices is a requirement for becoming Pope.


That's part of why this seems so strange. Popes only resign under really pressing circumstances, like preventing a schism. I find health to be stretching it a bit.
 
2013-02-11 06:36:09 AM  
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It's about medamn time!
 
2013-02-11 06:36:21 AM  
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2013-02-11 06:36:38 AM  
I thought that in "Return Of The Jedi" that Darth Vader threw Emperor Palpatine down a reactor shaft. At least that is how I thought the move ended.
 
2013-02-11 06:36:48 AM  
What are the odds on a "heart attack" three days into his retirement?
 
2013-02-11 06:37:27 AM  
I heard he was disfigured in a battle with some guy named Mace Windu...
 
2013-02-11 06:37:39 AM  
throws hat into the ring...

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2013-02-11 06:37:54 AM  
He must be pooped.
 
2013-02-11 06:38:29 AM  
Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.
 
2013-02-11 06:38:40 AM  
Out with the old, into the young
 
2013-02-11 06:38:41 AM  

Andromeda: Another thing I've just considered- my understanding is one main reason you don't choose the next one until after he dies is so he can't influence the election of his successor.  Which even if he can't vote Benedict obviously will be able to do.

Really sucks for those who are involved in the Church and were hoping to take it in a new direction.


The other reason of course is that God can only listen to one guy at a time. He's not Superman or something.
 
2013-02-11 06:39:33 AM  

greentea1985: Copper Spork: greentea1985: He can. Popes have resigned before, but the last one was back in the 1400s. Usually they just die in office. Either he';s starting to go senile (hence the wording "healthy in body and mind") and felt unable to lead the Church, there's a really damaging report coming out on his role in the sex abuse scandal (there is already strong circumstantial evidence that he helped cover up cases in Germany), or a combination of both. I wonder who the new pope will be.

Senility didn't stop JP2. Besides, hearing voices is a requirement for becoming Pope.

That's part of why this seems so strange. Popes only resign under really pressing circumstances, like preventing a schism. I find health to be stretching it a bit.


This, add one more to the list of things happening that I thought wouldn't in my lifetime.

/Plus set your doomsday clocks back folks isn't there (according to History Chanel) only one more Pope left?
 
2013-02-11 06:40:22 AM  

Death Eats a Cracker: This position is supposed to be a direct link to god.  It doesn't seem like it's a job you can just quit.

 Oh well,I'm sure they won't have any trouble finding another pedophile enabler to replace him.


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2013-02-11 06:40:26 AM  
smoke em if ya got em...........

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2013-02-11 06:40:41 AM  

great_tigers: First in 600 years I just heard on the radio. That is nuts. Dnrta.


In the Vatican to take responsibility for his actions?
 
2013-02-11 06:40:41 AM  
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2013-02-11 06:40:42 AM  
Maybe after JP2, the Church is like, "Okay, we aren't going through that again. If you start feeling bad just resign."
 
2013-02-11 06:41:46 AM  

thisispete: I wonder if that means he can vote in conclave for the next pope, or be totally removed from the process.

I still consider myself Catholic, although I rarely go to mass these days. I don't think he's left much of a legacy. The next Pope is going to have to resolve the pedophilia scandals and hopefully reform the priesthood. I think it shows a lot of humility that Benedict accepts he's not up to the task anymore and is willing to step aside.


Cardinals lose the right to vote for pope at age 80, so no he doesn't have a vote.

BigBooper: First time in 600 years....

So who here thinks that someone has proof that he either actively covered up a child abuse scandal, or that he did a little boy himself.

Personally I think he's doing a tricky Dick and resigning as part of a deal to avoid the details coming out.


Yeah, sadly, my take is this this and lots o' that.

Habemus Papam
 
2013-02-11 06:42:04 AM  
His resignation letter says he's been "shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith"

Yeah, that whole "funny hat / shiat in the woods" thing got him at last
 
2013-02-11 06:42:14 AM  

amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.


I don't care how accurate it is, saying "seen and unseen" vs "visible and invisible" is so much more succinct. Still haven't learned the new words, and most of the cheat cards seem to have disappeared from the pews.
 
2013-02-11 06:42:24 AM  

Lord of Allusions: Maybe after JP2, the Church is like, "Okay, we aren't going through that again. If you start feeling bad just resign."


Jurassic Park 2 wasn't that bad!
 
2013-02-11 06:43:00 AM  

greentea1985: Copper Spork: greentea1985: He can. Popes have resigned before, but the last one was back in the 1400s. Usually they just die in office. Either he';s starting to go senile (hence the wording "healthy in body and mind") and felt unable to lead the Church, there's a really damaging report coming out on his role in the sex abuse scandal (there is already strong circumstantial evidence that he helped cover up cases in Germany), or a combination of both. I wonder who the new pope will be.

Senility didn't stop JP2. Besides, hearing voices is a requirement for becoming Pope.

That's part of why this seems so strange. Popes only resign under really pressing circumstances, like preventing a schism. I find health to be stretching it a bit.


Today's Popes are soft, like the kids they prefer.
 
2013-02-11 06:43:29 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: /Plus set your doomsday clocks back folks isn't there (according to History Chanel) only one more Pope left?


Seems legit. That whack-a-loon Jack Van Impe, who comes on tv at like 3am, said that we're two popes away from Armageddon.

/oh noes!
 
2013-02-11 06:43:33 AM  

greentea1985: That's part of why this seems so strange. Popes only resign under really pressing circumstances, like preventing a schism. I find health to be stretching it a bit.


The only thing that would make sense to me is if he's been diagnosed with Alzheimers. If he knows that he's going to lose his mind, and could take a long time to die, then I could see him resigning.

I still think that the odds are better that he's resigning because of a scandal.
 
2013-02-11 06:43:34 AM  

BigBooper: beerbaron: He was always a temp-pope anyway. The choice for next pope will be revealing.

Yea, cause when they select an old conservative who wants to run the church like it was the middle ages it will be a big surprise.


The church is in crisis. Crisis may translate to opportunity. We can only hope that the next one will want to clean house. I am not holding my breath.

/not Catholic
 
2013-02-11 06:43:55 AM  
Whoever they choose as the new Pope, she'd better be black.
 
2013-02-11 06:43:58 AM  

RminusQ: Cardinals lose the right to vote for pope at age 80, so no he doesn't have a vote.


Hmmm... maybe the secular world could learn something from Catholicism.
 
2013-02-11 06:44:08 AM  
I would never have expected this. I don't think it has much to do with the abuse scandals considering how much they dug in their heels already. Besides, that's been ongoing for years. Maybe something with the butler thing as others mentioned upthread.
 
2013-02-11 06:44:49 AM  

Slaxl: Lord of Allusions: Maybe after JP2, the Church is like, "Okay, we aren't going through that again. If you start feeling bad just resign."

Jurassic Park 2 wasn't that bad!


Raptor Gymkata.  Yes, it was that bad.
 
2013-02-11 06:45:10 AM  

log_jammin: Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?

The awesome part is, even if there is no scandal the conspiracy types will invent one.


Why make one up when there are already so many real ones?
 
2013-02-11 06:45:18 AM  
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2013-02-11 06:45:24 AM  
Maybe he just wants some pussy?
 
2013-02-11 06:45:28 AM  

Scaryduck: Whoever they choose as the new Pope, she'd better be black gay.

 
2013-02-11 06:45:32 AM  
You may very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.

/Too bad father Ted is out of the running
//It's time for an Irish pope
///I could really care less
\Jew
 
2013-02-11 06:45:58 AM  

UDel_Kitty: amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.

I don't care how accurate it is, saying "seen and unseen" vs "visible and invisible" is so much more succinct. Still haven't learned the new words, and most of the cheat cards seem to have disappeared from the pews.


Check the back of your next airline seat, and between the washer and dryer.
 
2013-02-11 06:46:15 AM  
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Fark you, fark you, fark you, you're cool, fark you I'M OUT
 
2013-02-11 06:46:30 AM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Slaxl: Lord of Allusions: Maybe after JP2, the Church is like, "Okay, we aren't going through that again. If you start feeling bad just resign."

Jurassic Park 2 wasn't that bad!

Raptor Gymkata.  Yes, it was that bad.


You can't fault a film for one thing. You're missing the main point. Raptors. Yeh there was a stupid girl dancing about but there were Raptors. There was even a T-Rex or two. That's what counts. That's how you make a film good. Stick dinosaurs in it. They're all that matter.
 
2013-02-11 06:46:39 AM  
So now he's an anti-Pope.  And if he ever comes in contact with the new Pope, space-time will be ripped apart.
 
2013-02-11 06:47:08 AM  
Pay very close attention to what happens in the world in the shadow of this news. Watch the news that gets buried on the back pages while everyone is focusing on this. This could in fact be a massive purposeful distraction.

/conspiracy
 
2013-02-11 06:47:36 AM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Didn't someone point out a while back that they picked an old guy for pope in the first place so they had time to pick a better candidate for pope that would be around a while?


This has been my theory for a while. He is a temp-pope.
 
2013-02-11 06:48:35 AM  

beerbaron: He was always a temp-pope anyway. The choice for next pope will be revealing.


Revealing? I thought next up was supposed to be Peter the Roman, and then the world comes to an end or something like that.

/i keed, i keed
 
2013-02-11 06:49:50 AM  
HA! There won't be a feb 28th for 3 more years!
 
2013-02-11 06:50:32 AM  
I've been waiting for this opportunity.
 
2013-02-11 06:50:48 AM  
Will he still have access to the company car on weekends?
If yes, will he have to pay his own gas/tolls?

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2013-02-11 06:50:54 AM  

miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: /Plus set your doomsday clocks back folks isn't there (according to History Chanel) only one more Pope left?

Seems legit. That whack-a-loon Jack Van Impe, who comes on tv at like 3am, said that we're two popes away from Armageddon.

/oh noes!


LoL, I know right ; )
It's the end of the world as we know it just gotta get warmed up : P
 
2013-02-11 06:51:15 AM  

UDel_Kitty: amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.

I don't care how accurate it is, saying "seen and unseen" vs "visible and invisible" is so much more succinct. Still haven't learned the new words, and most of the cheat cards seem to have disappeared from the pews.


What, you don't like the not-at-all-made-up word consubstantial?
 
2013-02-11 06:51:20 AM  

Texas Gabe: Pay very close attention to what happens in the world in the shadow of this news. Watch the news that gets buried on the back pages while everyone is focusing on this. This could in fact be a massive purposeful distraction.

/conspiracy


Back pages? There are back pages on the internet? What have I been missing?

/NOTHING can be buried in the internet age
 
2013-02-11 06:51:42 AM  

Texas Gabe: Pay very close attention to what happens in the world in the shadow of this news. Watch the news that gets buried on the back pages while everyone is focusing on this. This could in fact be a massive purposeful distraction.

/conspiracy



Man receives two dollar bill with change at taco bell, claims it is fake.
 
2013-02-11 06:52:16 AM  
Pope is coming out now.
 
2013-02-11 06:52:16 AM  
I just want to note that in 2009, he visited the remains of Pope Celestine V at the site of the L'Aquila earthquakes and left his papal vestments from his inauguration with the body of Celestine V as a gift.

Celestine V is well-known as the pope who declared the right of papal abdication and left the Papacy after about 6 months.

A lot of observers at the time wondered what the hell the visit by Benedict XVI meant in 2009. I guess now we know.
 
2013-02-11 06:53:50 AM  

Scaryduck: His resignation letter says he's been "shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith"

Yeah, that whole "funny hat / shiat in the woods" thing got him at last


heh heh +1
 
2013-02-11 06:54:08 AM  

avalanche: I would never have expected this. I don't think it has much to do with the abuse scandals considering how much they dug in their heels already. Besides, that's been ongoing for years. Maybe something with the butler thing as others mentioned upthread.


Whatever the reason, Benedict's leaving is no great loss for the church.
 
2013-02-11 06:54:18 AM  
Do they still whack him on the head with a silver hammer on his last day?
 
2013-02-11 06:54:31 AM  

Texas Gabe: Pay very close attention to what happens in the world in the shadow of this news. Watch the news that gets buried on the back pages while everyone is focusing on this. This could in fact be a massive purposeful distraction.

/conspiracy


The cats are finally making their move....
 
2013-02-11 06:54:32 AM  

skantea: Pope is coming out now.


Nicely done : )
 
2013-02-11 06:54:35 AM  
Ok, in a Papal death, we all know what happens.

REGARDLESS of your views on JPII, we all know what happened after he died.  Will this be like a papal death?  The college of Cardinals meet, and just elect a new Pope?
 
2013-02-11 06:54:42 AM  
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2013-02-11 06:54:46 AM  

Millennium: beerbaron: He was always a temp-pope anyway. The choice for next pope will be revealing.

Revealing? I thought next up was supposed to be Peter the Roman, and then the world comes to an end or something like that.

/i keed, i keed


Well, Peter Turkson seems a likely bet.
 
2013-02-11 06:55:12 AM  
I'm sure whatever happened with his personal secretary and the Vatilinks issue had more to do with this then the child rape issues
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatileak s_scandal
 
2013-02-11 06:55:26 AM  

geom_00: Ok, in a Papal death, we all know what happens.

REGARDLESS of your views on JPII, we all know what happened after he died.  Will this be like a papal death?  The college of Cardinals meet, and just elect a new Pope?


Yes.
 
2013-02-11 06:57:04 AM  

NobleHam: Yes.


Thanks.

Memo to the College of Cardinals.  PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS HOLY...THINK MODERATE OR LIBERAL!

/Snowballs chance in hell.  I know.
 
2013-02-11 06:57:08 AM  

Nuclear Monk: Do they still whack him on the head with a silver hammer on his last day?


No. But I hear he gets his pick of one of the alter boys to go with him. You know as his personal "assistant".

/wink wink, know what I mean
//I'm such an awful Catholic (hangs head in shame)
 
2013-02-11 06:57:16 AM  
Ok, pope coming out
 
2013-02-11 06:57:19 AM  

BigBooper: greentea1985: That's part of why this seems so strange. Popes only resign under really pressing circumstances, like preventing a schism. I find health to be stretching it a bit.

The only thing that would make sense to me is if he's been diagnosed with Alzheimers. If he knows that he's going to lose his mind, and could take a long time to die, then I could see him resigning.

I still think that the odds are better that he's resigning because of a scandal.


haha. Mad Pope Areys! "bring me a sodomite in chainmail! And FIRE!"
 
2013-02-11 06:57:43 AM  

Jacobin: Ok, pope coming out


Well, that certainly explains why he'd resign.
 
2013-02-11 06:57:55 AM  
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2013-02-11 06:58:34 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: Did Benedict crack under the pressure, or does he have yolk on his face? Either way, he seems to be over easy.


Naah, he's just Hard Boy-Led.
 
2013-02-11 06:58:42 AM  

BigBooper: First time in 600 years....

So who here thinks that someone has proof that he either actively covered up a child abuse scandal, or that he did a little boy himself.

Personally I think he's doing a tricky Dick and resigning as part of a deal to avoid the details coming out.


So Spiro Agnew is the new Pope?

/not enough people named Spiro
 
2013-02-11 06:59:27 AM  
"Unprecedented, hasn't happened in 600 years."

Oy.
 
2013-02-11 06:59:32 AM  
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2013-02-11 06:59:52 AM  
Maybe he got caught doing donuts in the popemobile, and instead of being fired, God made him resign.
 
2013-02-11 07:00:19 AM  

maddogdelta: I guess there's new information coming out about how he enabled child rape.


I doubt it.  His role in enabling and covering up the pedophilia scandal as JPII 's head of the Office of Inquisition, which handles things like priestly discipline, and his role in spiriting Cardinal law of Boston out of the US and putting him in a position that made him un-extraditable is well known and was known before his election=which was all but gauranteed since he took advantage of John Paul's Failing health to pack the College of Cardinals hand-picked people.

Though, given that he chose the ruling name of Benedict specifically to comport with the Prophecy of St. Malachy ("glory of Olives".  Olives being the symbol of St. Benedict)   that must mean he things the Apocalypse is upon us, as the prophecy lists only one Pope after "Glory of Olives: of which it says:
In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop].
Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations:
and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed,
and the terrible judge will judge his people.

Happy end of the world everyone!
 
2013-02-11 07:00:37 AM  

Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?  Because these days I don't believe something so huge and unexpected from the Church makes anyone think "oh it's really just his poor health."

Also, the last time the pope resigned was in 1415 to avoid a schism- here's the article on papal resgination on Wikipedia.


Count me among those who was frankly surprised that popes can technically abdicate in the first place.  (I know it's not quite being a god-emperor on the "Difficulty In Actually Abdicating The Throne" position, but..well...being the functional head of the largest Christian church, smallest technically independent state, and largest tax-exempt business empire in the world is its own kind of special.)

Then again, I'll also admit I'm not Catholic, have only had passing acquaintances with folks who are Catholic, and hence don't really know all the intricacies of papal law and the Official Procedure For Papal Abdication (which apparently hasn't been used since the Church threatened to do the Great Schism 2.0 back in the 1400s, if Teh Wikipedia and Catholicism wikis are any authority).  For all I honestly know about the matter, the House of Cardinals accepts a properly written (in Latin, yet) "Fark This For Two Weeks In France With A Woman With Tig-Ol' Bitties, I'm Out" notice and then proceeds to play a merry game of Duck Duck Pope.

I also have to seriously wonder what kind of kerfluffle is causing the Pope to resign.  There's been some pretty poor-in-health popes on the throne before (and it's not like the Catholic Church has vice-popes to take over when the Pontiff is unwell); also, popes do tend to be pretty darn devoted to their jobs, and usually the very few cases where a pontiff HAS abdicated have involved them basically falling on their swords (metaphorically speaking) to preserve the One True Holy Church.  (Part of me wonders if there HAS been something found out solidly tying ol' Benedict to the coverup of child sexual abuse in Catholic churches worldwide--no, it's not just North America having a major brouhaha over this.)

/seriously, I did not know before today that popes could abdicate
 
2013-02-11 07:00:46 AM  

RminusQ: UDel_Kitty: amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.

I don't care how accurate it is, saying "seen and unseen" vs "visible and invisible" is so much more succinct. Still haven't learned the new words, and most of the cheat cards seem to have disappeared from the pews.

What, you don't like the not-at-all-made-up word consubstantial?


http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/consubstantial?s=t
 
2013-02-11 07:00:50 AM  
Hope there is a cardinal Secola in the running.

/choice of a new generation
 
2013-02-11 07:01:42 AM  
At least this playing out better than Godfather III, so far anyway.
 
2013-02-11 07:01:55 AM  

UDel_Kitty: amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.

I don't care how accurate it is, saying "seen and unseen" vs "visible and invisible" is so much more succinct. Still haven't learned the new words, and most of the cheat cards seem to have disappeared from the pews.


There's an iPhone app called Laudate that has it. Of course it looks like your checking your email during Mass
 
2013-02-11 07:03:16 AM  

geom_00: NobleHam: Yes.

Thanks.

Memo to the College of Cardinals.  PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS HOLY...THINK MODERATE OR LIBERAL!

/Snowballs chance in hell.  I know.


Not Dolan, not Dolan, not Dolan.
 
2013-02-11 07:03:37 AM  
No Pope song yet?   NSFW Language.
 
2013-02-11 07:03:49 AM  
According to WaPo (link), the Benz has said he's resigning because God farked up by making him too ill to pontificate, but too strong to die.

tl;dr: Pope says God isn't perfect.
 
2013-02-11 07:04:08 AM  
Looking at a list of the College of Cardinals  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Cardinals#Members_of_the_Coll e ge_of_Cardinals :

The youngest Cardinal I saw was born in 1950.

John Paul II was 58 when elected.  The YOUNGEST POPE who could be elected would already by 63
 
2013-02-11 07:04:40 AM  

geom_00: NobleHam: Yes.

Thanks.

Memo to the College of Cardinals.  PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS HOLY...THINK MODERATE OR LIBERAL!

/Snowballs chance in hell.  I know.


Wish list that might bring me back to the church:
1. Priests allowed to marry.
2. Allow the use of birth control
3. Equality for women (yes female priests)
4. A far more liberal view about homosexuality

Yep. not a snowballs chance in hell.

/haven't been in a church in years
//my daughters have never been in a church
 
2013-02-11 07:05:26 AM  

Magorn: maddogdelta: I guess there's new information coming out about how he enabled child rape.

I doubt it.  His role in enabling and covering up the pedophilia scandal as JPII 's head of the Office of Inquisition, which handles things like priestly discipline, and his role in spiriting Cardinal law of Boston out of the US and putting him in a position that made him un-extraditable is well known and was known before his election=which was all but gauranteed since he took advantage of John Paul's Failing health to pack the College of Cardinals hand-picked people.

Though, given that he chose the ruling name of Benedict specifically to comport with the Prophecy of St. Malachy ("glory of Olives".  Olives being the symbol of St. Benedict)   that must mean he things the Apocalypse is upon us, as the prophecy lists only one Pope after "Glory of Olives: of which it says:
In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop].
Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations:
and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed,
and the terrible judge will judge his people.

Happy end of the world everyone!


That's it that's the one thanks ; )
 
2013-02-11 07:06:04 AM  
When Benedict thinks back, he will miss the expressions on the little boys' faces.
 
2013-02-11 07:06:37 AM  
The miute I heard this (about a minute ago) I called shenanigans on the whole "poor health" thing. Popes do not resign. They just don't.

Scandal coming out.
 
2013-02-11 07:07:00 AM  

BigBooper: Wish list that might bring me back to the church:
1. Priests allowed to marry.
2. Allow the use of birth control
3. Equality for women (yes female priests)
4. A far more liberal view about homosexuality

5. NO PEDOPHILES

I am just like you, my friend.  I still go to Mass, but ALL of that would make me SO MUCH happier.
 
2013-02-11 07:07:10 AM  
 
2013-02-11 07:07:13 AM  

miss diminutive: Scaryduck: Whoever they choose as the new Pope, she'd better be black gay.


un-struckout for the FTFY!

/black gay is both the new gay, and the new black.
//of course that makes all black gays female, what with the multi-tasking it requires. Duh,
 
2013-02-11 07:07:15 AM  
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News to me too . . .
 
2013-02-11 07:07:19 AM  

ka1axy: throws hat into the ring...


Dassa more dan'a wannerfull,...
 
2013-02-11 07:07:28 AM  

geom_00: Looking at a list of the College of Cardinals  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Cardinals#Members_of_the_Coll e ge_of_Cardinals :

The youngest Cardinal I saw was born in 1950.

John Paul II was 58 when elected.  The YOUNGEST POPE who could be elected would already by 63


Technically, you don't even need to be a priest to be elected Pope, just a baptized male. There's not law requiring that they choose among cardinals, just lots of tradition.
 
2013-02-11 07:08:13 AM  
Will he go back to being a guy named Joe?
 
2013-02-11 07:09:43 AM  
Job for life.
 
2013-02-11 07:09:48 AM  

professor_tom: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 224x406]

The next Pope?

He wouldn't be against condom use in Africa, would he?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1218426/The-pope-black-says- pr ominent-African-cardinal.html#axzz2KXiid3kG


He is so far... but he's kind of moderate. Maybe even liberal, as Cardinals go. You won't find many, if any at all, who openly disagree with the church's policies on contraception or homosexuality, my big two issues with the Catholics. But once they get to be Pope, who knows?
 
2013-02-11 07:10:00 AM  
It will be nice to see a Latin American / Hispanic Pope.
 
2013-02-11 07:10:08 AM  
Now if the entire Farking Catholic Church would just resign as well.
 
2013-02-11 07:10:24 AM  
They made a big deal about him making his first tweet.  But after that, ol'Ben went off the rails.

"I am infallible!  Suck it, biatches!"
"Where the white women boys at?"
"Aren't there any hot nuns in the entire world to help bathe me?  Jesus!"

He violated corporate policy, and they have zero tolerance.
 
2013-02-11 07:10:37 AM  

namegoeshere: The miute I heard this (about a minute ago) I called shenanigans on the whole "poor health" thing. Popes do not resign. They just don't.

Scandal coming out.


I don't believe so.  JPII had a letter of resignation at hand, there have been other times when a Pope promised to resign in unprecedented times.
 
2013-02-11 07:10:54 AM  
Good riddance, you nazi piece of shiat.
 
2013-02-11 07:11:23 AM  

WaitWhatWhy: geom_00: Looking at a list of the College of Cardinals  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Cardinals#Members_of_the_Coll e ge_of_Cardinals :

The youngest Cardinal I saw was born in 1950.

John Paul II was 58 when elected.  The YOUNGEST POPE who could be elected would already by 63

Technically, you don't even need to be a priest to be elected Pope, just a baptized male. There's not law requiring that they choose among cardinals, just lots of tradition.




Stephen Colbert for Pope. He had a crack at it last time, maybe he's wearing them down.
 
2013-02-11 07:11:39 AM  

BigBooper: So who here thinks that someone has proof that he either actively covered up a child abuse scandal, or that he did a little boy himself.


The news-worthy part of that story would be that a 85 year old man could still get it up.  Even with today's drugs, that would be a hell of a feat.
 
2013-02-11 07:12:03 AM  

MNguy: It will be nice to see a Latin American / Hispanic Pope.


clarify
 
2013-02-11 07:13:20 AM  

uttertosh: MNguy: It will be nice to see a Latin American / Hispanic Pope.

clarify


Marco Rubio is the obvious choice.
 
2013-02-11 07:13:24 AM  

BigBooper: geom_00: NobleHam: Yes.

Thanks.

Memo to the College of Cardinals.  PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS HOLY...THINK MODERATE OR LIBERAL!

/Snowballs chance in hell.  I know.

Wish list that might bring me back to the church:
1. Priests allowed to marry.
2. Allow the use of birth control
3. Equality for women (yes female priests)
4. A far more liberal view about homosexuality

Yep. not a snowballs chance in hell.

/haven't been in a church in years
//my daughters have never been in a church


So, basically ELCA Lutheran (as long as you aren't looking for use of Latin in service)
 
2013-02-11 07:14:19 AM  
If I were to grade this Pope, I'd give him a Holy C.
 
2013-02-11 07:14:20 AM  

uttertosh: MNguy: It will be nice to see a Latin American / Hispanic Pope.

clarify


There was a lot of speculation before Bene got picked that someone from a brownish country would get the nod, seeing as they comprise the largest group of Catholics in the world.  I'd be willing to bet that this time around it'll happen.
 
2013-02-11 07:14:24 AM  
Benedictum Palinus
 
2013-02-11 07:14:24 AM  
What kind of pope resigns at the start of Lent? Giving up the papacy for Lent probably won't go over so well in Heaven
 
2013-02-11 07:14:53 AM  
It's always news when a German surrenders.
 
2013-02-11 07:15:00 AM  

thisispete: I wonder if that means he can vote in conclave for the next pope, or be totally removed from the process.

I still consider myself Catholic, although I rarely go to mass these days. I don't think he's left much of a legacy. The next Pope is going to have to resolve the pedophilia scandals and hopefully reform the priesthood. I think it shows a lot of humility that Benedict accepts he's not up to the task anymore and is willing to step aside.


There is something about only the cardinals under 80 can vote. He's 85, so if they stick to the rule, no.

Also, GMA just asked some priest spokesguy what this Pope will be remembered for. He stumbled for a bit and then said, "He was a teaching pope, with his book..."

Yeah, no.

Also, it was asked if we'd ever see an American pope. The answer was, "The Catholic church sees America as a source of funds, not Popes."

So there you go, US Catholics. Your role in the greater church.
 
2013-02-11 07:15:24 AM  

maggoo: BigBooper: So who here thinks that someone has proof that he either actively covered up a child abuse scandal, or that he did a little boy himself.

The news-worthy part of that story would be that a 85 year old man could still get it up.  Even with today's drugs, that would be a hell of a feat.


Hugh Hefner just got married, and he is 86. But he is a special case.
 
2013-02-11 07:15:45 AM  

WaitWhatWhy: Not Dolan, not Dolan, not Dolan.


The chances of an American Cardinal being elected are slim to none.  The Holy See sees the US as already having too much power.  To add the papal throne to the list of power the US has would be a bad move for them.
 
2013-02-11 07:16:26 AM  

namegoeshere: thisispete: I wonder if that means he can vote in conclave for the next pope, or be totally removed from the process.

I still consider myself Catholic, although I rarely go to mass these days. I don't think he's left much of a legacy. The next Pope is going to have to resolve the pedophilia scandals and hopefully reform the priesthood. I think it shows a lot of humility that Benedict accepts he's not up to the task anymore and is willing to step aside.

There is something about only the cardinals under 80 can vote. He's 85, so if they stick to the rule, no.

Also, GMA just asked some priest spokesguy what this Pope will be remembered for. He stumbled for a bit and then said, "He was a teaching pope, with his book..."

Yeah, no.

Also, it was asked if we'd ever see an American pope. The answer was, "The Catholic church sees America as a source of funds, not Popes."

So there you go, US Catholics. Your role in the greater church.


Thank God, the head guy in the US (and therefore the most likely choice) is Tim Dolan, and he's a complete arsclown.
 
2013-02-11 07:16:51 AM  

Lord of Allusions: If I were to grade this Pope, I'd give him a Holy C.


+10 good sir, +10
 
2013-02-11 07:17:00 AM  
This is suspicious. John Paul II kept power way after he was sick and invalid. I wonder what the real reason is.
 
2013-02-11 07:17:23 AM  

MNguy: It will be nice to see a Latin American / Hispanic Pope.


Are you trying to give Bill O'Reilly a stroke? Just a hunch, but I'm going with old, European and white.
 
2013-02-11 07:17:41 AM  

MNguy: uttertosh: MNguy: It will be nice to see a Latin American / Hispanic Pope.

clarify

There was a lot of speculation before Bene got picked that someone from a brownish country would get the nod, seeing as they comprise the largest group of Catholics in the world.  I'd be willing to bet that this time around it'll happen.


I'd actually take that bet. It'd be interesting to see a brown person get it, but the College of Cardinals is still mostly white and old. I wouldn't be surprised if enough of them are as racist as my Mississippi grandma to block it.
 
2013-02-11 07:18:54 AM  

ChrisDe: MNguy: It will be nice to see a Latin American / Hispanic Pope.

Are you trying to give Bill O'Reilly a stroke? Just a hunch, but I'm going with old, European and white.


I know, but can't a lapsed Catholic boy dream?
 
2013-02-11 07:19:29 AM  
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It would get her out of the US for a while.  And you guys could invent the term "PILF"
 
2013-02-11 07:19:37 AM  

amquelbettamin: UDel_Kitty: amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.

I don't care how accurate it is, saying "seen and unseen" vs "visible and invisible" is so much more succinct. Still haven't learned the new words, and most of the cheat cards seem to have disappeared from the pews.

There's an iPhone app called Laudate that has it. Of course it looks like your checking your email during Mass


Then again, that Bieber ringtone during the Kyries isn't helping things either.

/lapsed catholic here
//i didn't know he could resign either
///last election happened 2wks before my grandmother died
 
2013-02-11 07:19:54 AM  

geom_00: WaitWhatWhy: Not Dolan, not Dolan, not Dolan.

The chances of an American Cardinal being elected are slim to none.  The Holy See sees the US as already having too much power.  To add the papal throne to the list of power the US has would be a bad move for them.


So is it as unlikely as a Pope quitting?
 
2013-02-11 07:20:06 AM  

desertfool: Hugh Hefner just got married, and he is 86. But he is a special case.


Hugh Hefner makes his living pretending he is a stud that screws strings of women. So, if he couldn't perform then he might as well be out of a job.  Someone like the pope isn't exactly pressured into having sex with anyone.  In fact, its quite the opposite.
 
2013-02-11 07:20:22 AM  
I'm laughing at the people who say there's a scandal coming out soon. There have been what, 15 years of scandal now? One more isn't going to do much.
 
2013-02-11 07:20:24 AM  
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2013-02-11 07:21:21 AM  
Veni vidi abii
 
2013-02-11 07:21:47 AM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Nazi


You know, I don't know if it's really all that fair to criticize Benedict XVI as a Nazi. He was never a member of the party, and while he was a member of the Hitler Youth, German Law mandates all children above a certain age at the time to be members and it was noted that he was not a particularly willing participant in the Hitler Youth.
 
2013-02-11 07:22:23 AM  

stuhayes2010: This is suspicious. John Paul II kept power way after he was sick and invalid. I wonder what the real reason is.


Maybe they've decided that having an invalid at the head of the largest religious organization on earth isn't such a good idea.
 
2013-02-11 07:22:29 AM  
As hard as I try, I simply cannot give a shiat.
 
2013-02-11 07:22:34 AM  

greentea1985: Copper Spork: greentea1985: He can. Popes have resigned before, but the last one was back in the 1400s. Usually they just die in office. Either he';s starting to go senile (hence the wording "healthy in body and mind") and felt unable to lead the Church, there's a really damaging report coming out on his role in the sex abuse scandal (there is already strong circumstantial evidence that he helped cover up cases in Germany), or a combination of both. I wonder who the new pope will be.

Senility didn't stop JP2. Besides, hearing voices is a requirement for becoming Pope.

That's part of why this seems so strange. Popes only resign under really pressing circumstances, like preventing a schism. I find health to be stretching it a bit.


He can prove that his poor health was the real reason by dying in short order.
 
2013-02-11 07:22:36 AM  
On the plus side, this will make skipping mass much easier.

"You think it's bad for me to miss Sunday services, dear? The frickin' Pope just quit! I don't think God will miss me."
 
2013-02-11 07:22:44 AM  
Got tired of the rotten TV reception . . .

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2013-02-11 07:23:06 AM  
 
2013-02-11 07:23:11 AM  

WaitWhatWhy: geom_00: Looking at a list of the College of Cardinals  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Cardinals#Members_of_the_Coll e ge_of_Cardinals :

The youngest Cardinal I saw was born in 1950.

John Paul II was 58 when elected.  The YOUNGEST POPE who could be elected would already by 63

Technically, you don't even need to be a priest to be elected Pope, just a baptized male. There's not law requiring that they choose among cardinals, just lots of tradition.




I call dibs. Sure there's the celibacy thing, but I can change that. Perks of infallibility.
 
2013-02-11 07:23:44 AM  
I can see the ad now...

Do you know me? I used to be God's chosen representative on Earth. Now, I just sit around the house all day. That's why I carry the American Express card. Don't leave the Vatican without it.
 
2013-02-11 07:23:50 AM  

TommyDeuce: geom_00: WaitWhatWhy: Not Dolan, not Dolan, not Dolan.

The chances of an American Cardinal being elected are slim to none.  The Holy See sees the US as already having too much power.  To add the papal throne to the list of power the US has would be a bad move for them.

So is it as unlikely as a Pope quitting?


More. Dolan's only been Cardinal a year and most of the other American Cardinals have too much abuse scandal baggage, on top of the reason above.
 
2013-02-11 07:24:44 AM  
Anybody industrious enough to look up the current college of cardinals for us?
 
2013-02-11 07:24:59 AM  
Even he can't stand Notre Dame football any longer.
 
2013-02-11 07:25:07 AM  
Rainer Woelki - From wikipedia.

In October 2012 Cardinal Woelki was nominated for a Respect Award by the Alliance Against Homophobia. He was praised by the group for speaking out in favour of a 'new cooperation with homosexuals in society' and officially meeting the Association for Gays and Lesbians for talks This, the alliance said, had 'broken the tension between his Church and gays and lesbians and had laid the foundations for further exchange and for a constructive dialogue'. However Cardinal Woelki declined the nomination

Third youngest Cardinal...German
 
2013-02-11 07:25:53 AM  

WaitWhatWhy: There's not law requiring that they choose among cardinals, just lots of tradition.


There's been plenty of historical precedent where the college of cardinals choose some random monk or priest who didn't really want to be the pope.
 
2013-02-11 07:25:54 AM  
Vote for me.
 
2013-02-11 07:25:57 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Anybody industrious enough to look up the current college of cardinals for us?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Cardinals#Members_of_the_Col le ge_of_Cardinals
 
2013-02-11 07:26:43 AM  
From The Guardian:

Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson favourite to replace him
 
2013-02-11 07:28:01 AM  

xanadian: Can't read this thread without this playing in the background...


There is a reason I have come to love you : )
 
2013-02-11 07:28:01 AM  

RexTalionis: WaitWhatWhy: There's not law requiring that they choose among cardinals, just lots of tradition.

There's been plenty of historical precedent where the college of cardinals choose some random monk or priest who didn't really want to be the pope.


True, but it's been a while since they did that. Those guys tend to be a little more likely to rock the boat, and I don't think the current crop of entrenched old white men are looking for major reform. Be interesting as hell if it happened though.
 
2013-02-11 07:28:11 AM  

TommyDeuce: From The Guardian:

Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson favourite to replace him


There is a Papal Election saying.  The one who enters the conclave as Pope will leave a Cardinal.
 
2013-02-11 07:29:06 AM  

WaitWhatWhy: geom_00: NobleHam: Yes.

Thanks.

Memo to the College of Cardinals.  PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS HOLY...THINK MODERATE OR LIBERAL!

/Snowballs chance in hell.  I know.

Not Dolan, not Dolan, not Dolan.


Doesn't matter who they elect. Acually is Dolan. ALWAYS acually is Dolan.

/gooby pls
 
2013-02-11 07:29:59 AM  
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It's time
 
2013-02-11 07:29:59 AM  
Least successful Pope ever? To be fair, I'm working with a sample size of 2, and the previous guy was somerhing of a Rock Star, as Popes go.
 
2013-02-11 07:30:00 AM  

geom_00: TommyDeuce: From The Guardian:

Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson favourite to replace him

There is a Papal Election saying.  The one who enters the conclave as Pope will leave a Cardinal.


Perhaps, but wasn't the current Pope pretty much the odds on favorite at the last one?
 
2013-02-11 07:30:19 AM  
The Daily Mash has a good write up on what is going on. It looks like he found a new job.
 
2013-02-11 07:31:46 AM  
Medieval precedent? The best kind of precedent.
 
2013-02-11 07:32:02 AM  

NobleHam: professor_tom: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 224x406]

He is so far... but he's kind of moderate. Maybe even liberal, as Cardinals go. You won't find many, if any at all, who openly disagree with the church's policies on contraception or homosexuality, my big two issues with the Catholics. But once they get to be Pope, who knows?


Interesting he uses the quality argument. Condoms aren't as good in Africa, because of the heat and poor manufacturing. He's for them within monogamous couples.
 
2013-02-11 07:32:10 AM  
The people who think there's a big scandal brewing which required Star Wars Pope's resignation don't seem to understand - it wouldn't be an issue. People in those circles may certainly be shifty and tricky, but there is a key element which would make resigning a impossibility: they never believe they've actually done anything wrong, and moreso even if they have, who are you to question?

The histories of any large religion and/or cult are full of examples of people in charge being caught out, only to never recant - often to their dying breath - some of their more heinous crimes.

To put it another way, even if there was a massive scandal on the horizon, with evidence, the Pope would ride it out, as:
1) most followers would dismiss it;
2) a lot of people outside the church wouldn't care anyway - it's hardly a Superbowl blackout scandal, is it? And;
3) if the people implicated were at the top of the food chain, the wouldn't think they had done anything wrong in the first place. Hell, half of them would believe they had done good work in ensuring the status quo - and I'm not talking about the band, although they probably should be set on fire, just to be safe.

So,,,The exports of Libya are numerous in amount. One thing they export is corn, or as the Indians call it, "maize". Another famous Indian was "Crazy Horse". In conclusion, Libya is a land of contrast. Thank you.
 
2013-02-11 07:32:15 AM  
I have to get to bed...I work in 8 hours.  But, this is REALLY strange.

In the Catholic Church: The Imperial...er...The Pontiff will be leaving DURING Lent, the most important time in the churches calendar.  2013 has been declared the Year of Faith, AND, World Youth Day 2013, will be held in Rio this year.  This is a VERY strange time for the most powerful man in the church to step down...
 
2013-02-11 07:32:56 AM  

TommyDeuce: From The Guardian:

Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson favourite to replace him


My money is on the Argentinian guy. 5/1 Odds.
 
2013-02-11 07:33:25 AM  
Popes do not resign due to ill-health. Ill-health is guaranteed, because you die in office.... and Benedict is an arch-traditionalist.


Clearly his bum-farked a succession horses, dumped the evidence into the Findus UK food chain, and it's about to break.
 
2013-02-11 07:33:27 AM  

TommyDeuce: geom_00: TommyDeuce: From The Guardian:

Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson favourite to replace him

There is a Papal Election saying.  The one who enters the conclave as Pope will leave a Cardinal.

Perhaps, but wasn't the current Pope pretty much the odds on favorite at the last one?


Yep. But the media also had a favorite "what if this black guy became Pope" dude last time.
 
2013-02-11 07:34:45 AM  
Other odds...

Canadian - 5/2
Ghanan - 4/1
Italian - 6/1
 
2013-02-11 07:34:53 AM  
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2013-02-11 07:35:32 AM  

geom_00: I have to get to bed...I work in 8 hours.  But, this is REALLY strange.

In the Catholic Church: The Imperial...er...The Pontiff will be leaving DURING Lent, the most important time in the churches calendar.  2013 has been declared the Year of Faith, AND, World Youth Day 2013, will be held in Rio this year.  This is a VERY strange time for the most powerful man in the church to step down...


Yes. Why didn't he wait until Ordinary Time began again. For him to resign during Lent, it must have been serious.
 
2013-02-11 07:36:01 AM  

TommyDeuce: geom_00: TommyDeuce: From The Guardian:

Ghana's Cardinal Peter Turkson favourite to replace him

There is a Papal Election saying.  The one who enters the conclave as Pope will leave a Cardinal.

Perhaps, but wasn't the current Pope pretty much the odds on favorite at the last one?


I think Benedict WAS so popular because of the way he officiated? (if that is the word...I am tired...forgive me please) JPII's funeral.  The Homily he gave was stirring, and a great tribute to the late Pope.  It was always known the Bene would be more a "caretaker" Pope, but for this to happen...
 
2013-02-11 07:36:11 AM  

Corvus: Vote for me.


It was so much easier to read through he list in Medieval Total War ; )

But what I got out of that is this guy
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Angelo Sodano, has the highest precedence as a Cardinal Bishop as Dean of the College of Cardinals.
 
2013-02-11 07:36:56 AM  

Slaxl: tinfoil-hat maggie: Anybody industrious enough to look up the current college of cardinals for us?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Cardinals#Members_of_the_Col le ge_of_Cardinals


Oh and thanks I'm lazy when I'm drinking ; )
 
2013-02-11 07:37:02 AM  
Does he change his name back, or does he continue to go by Bemedict? Is it like President, where you keep the honorific after you leave office?
 
2013-02-11 07:37:39 AM  

greentea1985: geom_00: I have to get to bed...I work in 8 hours.  But, this is REALLY strange.

In the Catholic Church: The Imperial...er...The Pontiff will be leaving DURING Lent, the most important time in the churches calendar.  2013 has been declared the Year of Faith, AND, World Youth Day 2013, will be held in Rio this year.  This is a VERY strange time for the most powerful man in the church to step down...

Yes. Why didn't he wait until Ordinary Time began again. For him to resign during Lent, it must have been serious.


Sarcasm?  Please forgive me.  I am tired and my sarcasm/bullshiat detectors are drained.  :)
 
2013-02-11 07:37:44 AM  
Something something something com-plete.
Something something something Catholic Church.
 
2013-02-11 07:38:33 AM  
I wonder what Saint Malachy would have to say about this...
 
2013-02-11 07:41:40 AM  
Perhaps he'll settle down in the suburbs and paint nude pictures of himself.
 
2013-02-11 07:41:52 AM  
In related news, Pope Benedict has began construction of a large, spherical space station and is seeking an apprentice.
 
2013-02-11 07:41:53 AM  
good thing i'm down with numerology i guess.
 
2013-02-11 07:42:16 AM  

greentea1985: punishmentforshoplifting: Wait...can he do that?

He can. Popes have resigned before, but the last one was back in the 1400s. Usually they just die in office. Either he';s starting to go senile (hence the wording "healthy in body and mind") and felt unable to lead the Church, there's a really damaging report coming out on his role in the sex abuse scandal (there is already strong circumstantial evidence that he helped cover up cases in Germany), or a combination of both. I wonder who the new pope will be.


I watched the HBO documentary on the pedophile priests this weekend. Some pretty damning content in that. I just can't understand why they elected to deal with these criminals in the manner that they have. Disgusting.
 
2013-02-11 07:42:39 AM  

deeproy: I wonder what Saint Malachy would have to say about this...


"Fark you guys, I didn't say that shiat. Stop attaching my name to some bullshiat prophecy."
 
2013-02-11 07:42:41 AM  
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B16 with pancake vestments
 
2013-02-11 07:42:42 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Corvus: Vote for me.

It was so much easier to read through he list in Medieval Total War ; )

But what I got out of that is this guy
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Angelo Sodano, has the highest precedence as a Cardinal Bishop as Dean of the College of Cardinals.


Opps, and I screwed up and meant to post too Slaxl .

But it sorta still works ; )
 
2013-02-11 07:43:27 AM  
House of Cardinals?  That's the best headline?

Too Pooped to Pope would have been my choice.  Dammit, no more sleeping in late.
 
2013-02-11 07:44:25 AM  

amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.


Good point. Can we go back to "and also with you" instead of this "with your spirit" nonsense?
 
2013-02-11 07:44:27 AM  
Judging by his profile on Wikipedia, Peter Turkson does seem very well qualified for the role. And it's been 15 centuries since the last African pope, time for a new one I think.
 
2013-02-11 07:44:39 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: What kind of pope resigns at the start of Lent? Giving up the papacy for Lent probably won't go over so well in Heaven


Maybe he's been reading too many Courage Wolf pics?

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2013-02-11 07:45:13 AM  
Pope to resign, spend more time with the kids would have been mine...
 
2013-02-11 07:45:28 AM  

Debeo Summa Credo: amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.

Good point. Can we go back to "and also with you" instead of this "with your spirit" nonsense?


THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS
 
2013-02-11 07:45:38 AM  

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We Know were Pope Ratzenberger will be hanging out now.

 
2013-02-11 07:46:03 AM  
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2013-02-11 07:46:04 AM  
Weren't all the Cardinals recalled to Rome last year just after Easter or was that the year before?
 
2013-02-11 07:46:15 AM  
Scandal? Come on, it's not like he's a Nazi or something..
 
2013-02-11 07:47:07 AM  
Did he have to give two Holy Weeks notice?
 
2013-02-11 07:47:10 AM  
It'll be Dolan, the first American pope, who had the stones to go into the lions' den at the Democrat convention and rebuke the godless babykillers.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and evermore shall be.

/Dolan pls
 
2013-02-11 07:47:19 AM  
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UNLIMITED POWER
 
2013-02-11 07:47:30 AM  
 
2013-02-11 07:47:34 AM  

Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?  Because these days I don't believe something so huge and unexpected from the Church makes anyone think "oh it's really just his poor health."

Also, the last time the pope resigned was in 1415 to avoid a schism- here's the article on papal resgination on Wikipedia.


This; John Paul II was ill for the last two years or so of his life and still stayed on as Pope.  There's something much, much bigger here than Benedict resigning due to "poor health".
 
2013-02-11 07:48:11 AM  

Debeo Summa Credo: amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.

Good point. Can we go back to "and also with you" instead of this "with your spirit" nonsense?


This.  Hell, my now-former pastor messed it up at Easter Mass.  If he can't do it after saying at least three hundred masses at that point, what hope do we have??
 
2013-02-11 07:48:42 AM  

geom_00: Debeo Summa Credo: amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.

Good point. Can we go back to "and also with you" instead of this "with your spirit" nonsense?

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS


Yeah I liked it better when it was

"May the Force be with you"
"And also with you"
 
2013-02-11 07:48:47 AM  
Valentine Pontifex of Majipoor.
 
2013-02-11 07:48:51 AM  
Another abrupt end of German occupation of a formerly Polish territory...
 
2013-02-11 07:49:41 AM  

Rwa2play: Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?  Because these days I don't believe something so huge and unexpected from the Church makes anyone think "oh it's really just his poor health."

Also, the last time the pope resigned was in 1415 to avoid a schism- here's the article on papal resgination on Wikipedia.

This; John Paul II was ill for the last two years or so of his life and still stayed on as Pope.  There's something much, much bigger here than Benedict resigning due to "poor health".


I'm thinking Alzheimer's or some other degenerative disease.
 
2013-02-11 07:50:15 AM  
Wow, even the Pope has to give two weeks' notice.
 
2013-02-11 07:50:43 AM  
If there's a scandal, why wait until Feb 28?  Why not resign immediately (Lent doesn't officially begin until Wednesday.)  I don't buy the ill health excuse either.
 
2013-02-11 07:50:49 AM  

BunkyBrewman: House of Cardinals?  That's the best headline?

Too Pooped to Pope would have been my choice.  Dammit, no more sleeping in late.


And not even a "This is not a repeat from 1415"?
 
2013-02-11 07:52:12 AM  
This is happening because of the prophecies of Nostradamus.  He said a couple things.  One, that a comet would appear near Cancer (a new one has been spotted there) and that the pope would die and be replaced by the evil pope.  Now even if the Vatican doesn't believe this there are many people who do.  So if Palpatine happens to die in office when a comet becomes visible in the sky then the internet would fill with predictions that the next pope was the antichrist.  Of course that will still happen if the current pope flees (ie moves)  to France after he retires.  Especially since we are supposed to get a comet this year that will be bright enough to be seen in the daytime sky.

Hey wait a minute.  Nostradamus was right.  Next stop an asteroid in the ocean near Greece.  Everybody Panic!
 
2013-02-11 07:52:35 AM  
I blame his cousin Bishan.

/Better not be obscure.
 
2013-02-11 07:52:59 AM  
I think he wants to work on some solo projects.
 
2013-02-11 07:53:42 AM  

WaitWhatWhy: geom_00: Looking at a list of the College of Cardinals  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Cardinals#Members_of_the_Coll e ge_of_Cardinals :

The youngest Cardinal I saw was born in 1950.

John Paul II was 58 when elected.  The YOUNGEST POPE who could be elected would already by 63

Technically, you don't even need to be a priest to be elected Pope, just a baptized male. There's not law requiring that they choose among cardinals, just lots of tradition.


Unless there's a special rule for the pope, not even baptized; Ambrose wasn't.
 
2013-02-11 07:53:51 AM  

NobleHam: deeproy: I wonder what Saint Malachy would have to say about this...

"Fark you guys, I didn't say that shiat. Stop attaching my name to some bullshiat prophecy."


There's a reason for the expression "That's a load of Malachy"
 
2013-02-11 07:54:03 AM  

miss diminutive: stuhayes2010: This is suspicious. John Paul II kept power way after he was sick and invalid. I wonder what the real reason is.

Maybe they've decided that having an invalid at the head of the largest religious organization on earth isn't such a good idea.


If they've decided that, they've sentence the Catholic Church to death.
 
2013-02-11 07:54:06 AM  

indylaw: It'll be Dolan, the first American pope, who had the stones to go into the lions' den at the Democrat convention and rebuke the godless babykillers.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and evermore shall be.

/Dolan pls


No - there won't be an American Pope as long as America is a Superpower. The church is afraid of American Catholics anyway, we tend to have liberal ideas and, while the priesthood is largely immune from (or rather wilfully ignores) those trends, they are tainted by the association.

The next pope will be African, Latin American, or (less likely) Asian.
 
2013-02-11 07:54:27 AM  

MNguy: Rwa2play: Andromeda: As I said from the non-greenlit thread, who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?  Because these days I don't believe something so huge and unexpected from the Church makes anyone think "oh it's really just his poor health."

Also, the last time the pope resigned was in 1415 to avoid a schism- here's the article on papal resgination on Wikipedia.

This; John Paul II was ill for the last two years or so of his life and still stayed on as Pope.  There's something much, much bigger here than Benedict resigning due to "poor health".

I'm thinking Alzheimer's or some other degenerative disease.


There have been plenty of Popes that have lost their faculties. I assume if it gets too bad they just put him out of his misery.
 
2013-02-11 07:54:39 AM  
Perfect headline: EX BENEDICT.

My cholice for his replacement:
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2013-02-11 07:55:32 AM  
CBS is reporting that he is leaving the Pope job to fill the recently opened defensive coordinator position with Penn State.
 
2013-02-11 07:56:28 AM  

thisispete: I wonder if that means he can vote in conclave for the next pope, or be totally removed from the process.

I still consider myself Catholic, although I rarely go to mass these days. I don't think he's left much of a legacy. The next Pope is going to have to resolve the pedophilia scandals and hopefully reform the priesthood. I think it shows a lot of humility that Benedict accepts he's not up to the task anymore and is willing to step aside.


Assuming, of course, that that is why he is stepping aside.I'm Catholic as well (practicing, FWIW) and I have a bad
feeling that something is going to come out that is going to shake the Church to its foundation.

Maybe that's not a bad thing, though. Shine a light into its underbelly and squash all of the vermin that scurry out,
then rebuild.
 
2013-02-11 07:56:38 AM  
He's quitting because Vatican Gubbmint is TOO BIG.
 
2013-02-11 07:56:41 AM  

geom_00: greentea1985: geom_00: I have to get to bed...I work in 8 hours.  But, this is REALLY strange.

In the Catholic Church: The Imperial...er...The Pontiff will be leaving DURING Lent, the most important time in the churches calendar.  2013 has been declared the Year of Faith, AND, World Youth Day 2013, will be held in Rio this year.  This is a VERY strange time for the most powerful man in the church to step down...

Yes. Why didn't he wait until Ordinary Time began again. For him to resign during Lent, it must have been serious.

Sarcasm?  Please forgive me.  I am tired and my sarcasm/bullshiat detectors are drained.  :)


Not sarcasm. If this was really due to health reasons, it would make sense to announce his resignation but not make it official until Ordinary Time II begins (the gap in the Catholic religious calendar between Pentecost and the start of Advent). That would guarantee someone is in charge during the Lent and Easter seasons and provide enough time for a successor to be elected before he leaves. Leaving right now makes it very likely a successor will not be elected until Easter if not Ordinary Time II. This only makes sense if he is leaving to avoid a scandal or his health is really truly horrible. The scandal is far more likely, particularly given new stories from last month that the Church suppressed a damaging report about sex abuse scandals in Germany that would have implicated the pope directly in the cover-up.
 
2013-02-11 07:57:05 AM  
m-m-m-multi pope pope pope
 
2013-02-11 07:58:27 AM  

Noah_Tall: This is happening because of the prophecies of Nostradamus.  He said a couple things.  One, that a comet would appear near Cancer (a new one has been spotted there) and that the pope would die and be replaced by the evil pope.  Now even if the Vatican doesn't believe this there are many people who do.  So if Palpatine happens to die in office when a comet becomes visible in the sky then the internet would fill with predictions that the next pope was the antichrist.  Of course that will still happen if the current pope flees (ie moves)  to France after he retires.  Especially since we are supposed to get a comet this year that will be bright enough to be seen in the daytime sky.

Hey wait a minute.  Nostradamus was right.  Next stop an asteroid in the ocean near Greece.  Everybody Panic!


What has happened before will happen again may the gods be with us : )
 
2013-02-11 07:59:04 AM  
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2013-02-11 07:59:13 AM  

amquelbettamin: Hmmm. If this had happened a year ago we all wouldn't have had to relearn the more accurate translation if the Nicene Creed.


I know, right? I mean, consubstantial? Really?
 
2013-02-11 07:59:31 AM  
 
2013-02-11 07:59:33 AM  

Corvus: Vote for me.


Will you set me free?
 
2013-02-11 08:00:03 AM  
Huh.  Well, I don't think anyone saw that coming.
 
2013-02-11 08:00:40 AM  

Krustofsky: Wow, even the Pope has to give two weeks' notice.


He is just hoping they just tell him to pack up his stuff and have the swiss guards walk him out of the vatican, so he can collect unemployment.

Plus you don't want to burn bridges. St Peter will call you out on that at the exit interview.
 
2013-02-11 08:01:54 AM  
It's prolly for tax reasons.
 
2013-02-11 08:02:13 AM  
What will the new pope be called? I find it hard to believe that all the good names have been taken. Biggus Dicus, Pontifex Maximus!

Or maybe Cletus II for the redneck vote.
 
2013-02-11 08:02:40 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: What kind of pope resigns at the start of Lent? Giving up the papacy for Lent probably won't go over so well in Heaven


Well, it was that or chocolate
 
2013-02-11 08:04:05 AM  
Wasnt he supposed to be the second to last pope?  Well.. if you in to that kind of thing
 
2013-02-11 08:04:10 AM  
Ah the Catholic priesthood, they're always trading in for a younger guy.
 
2013-02-11 08:04:20 AM  
Look I'm an atheist ex-Catholic, and I have no love for the church of child rape, but the dude is 85. When my great-grandfather reached that age he started having dementia. My wife's grandmother's that age and is losing her marbles. So just sayin' he's probably quitting due to a chronic case of being an old fart.
 
2013-02-11 08:04:28 AM  

homelessdude: Will he still have access to the company car on weekends?
If yes, will he have to pay his own gas/tolls?

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Is it just me or does the Pope-mobileTM look like a mobile dunk tank?

Sink the Pontiff...3 tries for a dollar!
 
2013-02-11 08:04:57 AM  

indylaw: What will the new pope be called? I find it hard to believe that all the good names have been taken. Biggus Dicus, Pontifex Maximus!

Or maybe Cletus II for the redneck vote.


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

St Malachy says expect a run on tinfoil from the nutters.
 
2013-02-11 08:05:42 AM  
As a guy who just started watching "house of cards", I am so pissed at subby for the spoiler.

I hope subby finds ants crawling in his half eaten cereal this morning
 
2013-02-11 08:05:55 AM  
 
2013-02-11 08:06:39 AM  
Pope on the ropes?
 
2013-02-11 08:07:02 AM  
Perhaps he is afraid that the LAPD would mistake the Popemobile for a Nissan Titan.
 
2013-02-11 08:07:08 AM  

verbaltoxin: Look I'm an atheist ex-Catholic, and I have no love for the church of child rape, but the dude is 85. When my great-grandfather reached that age he started having dementia. My wife's grandmother's that age and is losing her marbles. So just sayin' he's probably quitting due to a chronic case of being an old fart.


No no, there's more to it than they're letting on! A scandal of some kind. A conspiracy maybe. Quitting because he's old and tired? That's just ridiculous. You should read more Dan Brown novels.
 
2013-02-11 08:07:34 AM  
I call dibs on the prime relics: hands, teeth, and dong.
 
2013-02-11 08:07:54 AM  

Dracolich: Ah the Catholic priesthood, they're always trading in for a younger guy.


They have a good farm system though. Remember all of those draft picks they got from the Anglicans? Hopefully this frees up enough cap space that they can solve their problems in goal.
 
2013-02-11 08:08:00 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Out with the old, into the young


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2013-02-11 08:08:43 AM  

Andromeda: who wants to take bets as to what scandal is about to erupt?


As the old saying goes, it's either a dead girl or a live boy.
 
2013-02-11 08:09:12 AM  

gothelder: Hope there is a cardinal Secola in the running.

/choice of a new generation


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Seeeeeeecola!
 
2013-02-11 08:09:40 AM  
I would like to take this opportunity to submit my name for consideration\ in the new papal election.
 
2013-02-11 08:11:16 AM  
Resign? I thought you had to be dead to leave office?
 
2013-02-11 08:11:45 AM  
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2013-02-11 08:11:49 AM  

indylaw: What will the new pope be called? I find it hard to believe that all the good names have been taken. Biggus Dicus, Pontifex Maximus!

Or maybe Cletus II for the redneck vote.


Rastus 1?
 
2013-02-11 08:12:29 AM  
Did he not want to give up chocolate?
 
2013-02-11 08:12:36 AM  

punishmentforshoplifting: Wait...can he do that?


Yeah, that's what I thought.

Next was HELP ME JEeBUS!! TIS THE END TIMES!!
 
2013-02-11 08:14:02 AM  
So will he lose his unique direct connection to God privileges?
 
2013-02-11 08:15:07 AM  
The new pope can't be any worse than John XII - he was accused of committing many adulteries (even with his own niece), turning the Vatican into a whorehouse, blinding his confessor, castrating and then murdering a subdeacon, invoking demons and foreign gods... the list goes on and on.
 
2013-02-11 08:17:16 AM  

autopsybeverage: Pope poops out. Catholics craving closure. Altar boys aspire to avoid assrape.


Much better headline.

Anyway, it was nice to know you all.
One Pope left
Then it's all over.
Burma Shave
 
2013-02-11 08:17:43 AM  
I'm available if then need a replacement.
 
2013-02-11 08:18:14 AM  

chrylis: WaitWhatWhy: geom_00: Looking at a list of the College of Cardinals  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Cardinals#Members_of_the_Coll e ge_of_Cardinals :

The youngest Cardinal I saw was born in 1950.

John Paul II was 58 when elected.  The YOUNGEST POPE who could be elected would already by 63

Technically, you don't even need to be a priest to be elected Pope, just a baptized male. There's not law requiring that they choose among cardinals, just lots of tradition.

Unless there's a special rule for the pope, not even baptized; Ambrose wasn't.


I think that under the current rules, you have to be baptized, although its not like it's all that hard to sprinkle a bit of water and call it a day. They do everything else if you aren't already a priest.
http://www.legalflip.com/Article.aspx?id=80&pageid=409
 
2013-02-11 08:18:15 AM  

LDM90: No no, there's more to it than they're letting on! A scandal of some kind. A conspiracy maybe. Quitting because he's old and tired? Tha