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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  
content6.flixster.com
It's about medamn time!
 
2013-02-11 06:36:21 AM  
i212.photobucket.com
 
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...

www.fathersarducci.com
 
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.


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

www.papalrestoration.com
 
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  
www.moviegoods.com
 
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?

i.telegraph.co.uk
 
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
 
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