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(CNN)   Pope isn't resigning because of health issues, but he'll still guilt you into feeling like you caused his resignation   (cnn.com) divider line 99
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2013-02-12 10:09:11 AM  
Guilt?

If I could believe that in any small way I contributed to his resignation, I'd buy myself a steak tonight and eat it without salt because I'd be all the awesomesauce that steak could handle.
 
2013-02-12 10:23:05 AM  
Something big is about to break in the scandal, IMO.
 
2013-02-12 10:24:01 AM  
Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.
 
2013-02-12 10:24:33 AM  
The pope said Monday he is resigning "because of advanced age."That's right. We are living in a too advanced age for the pope.
 
2013-02-12 10:24:37 AM  
He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him
 
2013-02-12 10:24:53 AM  
I thought that the whole "health issues" thing was weird since they paraded the last pope around asleep and drooling on himself in his later days.
 
2013-02-12 10:25:22 AM  

sure haven't: Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.


Which is why all the other popes for the last 600 years stuck it out until they died.

Sorry.  Not buying it.
 
2013-02-12 10:25:48 AM  
Stop that or you'll go blind.
 
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2013-02-12 10:26:48 AM  
unlikely:

Guilt?

If I could believe that in any small way I contributed to his resignation, I'd buy myself a steak tonight and eat it without salt because I'd be all the awesomesauce that steak could handle.




Eugenics?

If so, it'd be a rare duck that, in a position of power, would practice what he believes.

/sorry, heard a clip of him speaking yesterday on the radio
//reminded me of Dr. Strangelove, especially the scene at the end when they're essentially talking about eugenics, hiding in mine shafts until the radiation subsides
 
2013-02-12 10:28:07 AM  

immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him


You don't vote for Popes!
 
2013-02-12 10:28:28 AM  
Have some respect, people. Wouldn't you want to resign when you feel like you can't work anymore?
 
2013-02-12 10:29:16 AM  
What if you had to wear all those robes and big pointy hats all day, you would probably at some point say, I've had enough.  I am going to the monastery next door with a nice Chianti
 
2013-02-12 10:29:19 AM  
www.planetmadison.com

Sorry....I know I've been using this a lot. It's the first image I've ever NOT hotlinked. And my first Pshop.
 
2013-02-12 10:30:58 AM  
why should i feel guilt for a guy quitting god?
 
2013-02-12 10:31:19 AM  

Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Have some respect, people. Wouldn't you want to resign when you feel like you can't work anymore?


He is a scumbag who threatened excommunication for anyone who assisted the investigation of child rape. He is beyond respect, as is the institution he used to lead.
 
2013-02-12 10:31:21 AM  
How the hell can you be too old for a job where your entire actual duties consist of sitting and waving?

It's not like he even has to say mass anymore.  He just throws happy blessing waves at the people who are actually doing all of the work and sometimes gets wheeled out to wheeze some hollow pre-written statements in Latin.

Some shiat is going to hit the fan soon, for sure.
 
2013-02-12 10:31:28 AM  

Kibbler: sure haven't: Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.

Which is why all the other popes for the last 600 years stuck it out until they died.

Sorry.  Not buying it.


Not buying it either.  I like to think its all the guilt for protecting pedophiles for all those years finally weighed down on him.  But I'm not optimistic on that either.
 
2013-02-12 10:31:55 AM  

Kibbler: sure haven't: Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.

Which is why all the other popes for the last 600 years stuck it out until they died.

Sorry.  Not buying it.


If in fact is he stepping down because he feels he can't do the job properly anymore, I give him major respect. It takes a decent man to actually give up power for the greater good.

In reality, I'm with the many who think he's probably getting out before something bad happens.
 
2013-02-12 10:32:38 AM  

bartink: Something big is about to break in the scandal, IMO.


Yeah the health thing has been bullshiat.  For 600 years all the popes have stuck around until they kicked the bucket, I assumed the Vatican had a papal babysitter who kept the Pope busy while some Cardinals ran the place.  Ratzinger himself was supposedly doing a lot of the grunt work when John Paul was checking out IIRC.

It's either a scandal is coming or Ratzinger had some honest moment of introspection, realized he'd done a terrible job with the child rape coverup, and this is his way of falling on his sword.
 
2013-02-12 10:33:03 AM  
He's saying he's resigning because he's spiritually not strong enough to lead.  Which really does make one wonder what's coming down the pike that we don't know about yet.
 
2013-02-12 10:33:09 AM  

AdamK: why should i feel guilt for a guy quitting god?


Catholics like to guilt people. It's a joke
 
2013-02-12 10:33:13 AM  
I hope they pick an old white guy to be the next pope.  That's what the world could use.

Bonus if he's an old Italian white guy.
 
2013-02-12 10:33:37 AM  
He's either connected to Christopher Dorner, or he really farking hates Mumford and Sons and is ragequitting over their Album of the Year Grammy win
 
2013-02-12 10:33:54 AM  

Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Have some respect, people. Wouldn't you want to resign when you feel like you can't work anymore?


Ha!  Yeah, watch me get all respectful to this old pederast.
 
2013-02-12 10:34:15 AM  

bartink: Something big is about to break in the scandal, IMO.


Have to agree with this
 
2013-02-12 10:34:40 AM  

1derful: I thought that the whole "health issues" thing was weird since they paraded the last pope around asleep and drooling on himself in his later days.


And perhaps for that very reason John Paul II should have resigned several years before his death. Just because the precedent is to be pope until death, doesn't mean it should be.

Maybe there's a scandal worse than the crap already floating around the church and Vatican that can force a pope to resign, but I don't find it hard to believe that Ratzinger has decided that he is too infirm to carry out his duties. If that's the truth of it, then good on him for setting a new precedent. That'll be about the only good thing he's done as pope.
 
2013-02-12 10:36:16 AM  
Holy shiat!  They finally went after an infallible, revered leader of an all-controlling religion for decades of covering up child rape?  They'll get me next, I better resign.

--what the Pope thought when he heard about Joe Paterno
 
2013-02-12 10:36:18 AM  

1derful: I thought that the whole "health issues" thing was weird since they paraded the last pope around asleep and drooling on himself in his later days.


I had wondered if JPs final days are what prompted Benedict to retire. Maybe he doesn't want to be paraded around like that.

\ or some shocking dirt is about to surface
 
2013-02-12 10:36:54 AM  
one tweet, then not even god could help him
 
2013-02-12 10:38:06 AM  

ha-ha-guy: It's either a scandal is coming or Ratzinger had some honest moment of introspection


I think it is both, their is a scandal coming and he realizes he can do nothing to prevent the cover up and make those responsible be accountable, so he is quitting.
 
2013-02-12 10:38:06 AM  

sure haven't: Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.


Pope JPII didn't let that stop him.
 
2013-02-12 10:38:15 AM  
I assure you, my constant fapping does not affect him. However, his constant fapping kinda freaks me out.
 
2013-02-12 10:39:55 AM  
He's resigning because it has become too hard to sneak little boys into the Vatican. The convent he'll be living him will give hime more cover.
 
2013-02-12 10:40:38 AM  
Guilt is how it works. He can no more stop guilt tripping people than stop breathing.
 
2013-02-12 10:41:30 AM  
An example several Supreme Court justices should follow. The quitting because you're old part, not the molestation.
 
2013-02-12 10:42:06 AM  
What could come out that's bigger than touching little boys? We all knew they were doing that when he BECAME Pope. So, what do you all think the scandal will be?
 
2013-02-12 10:42:16 AM  
 He finally read the bible. Being Catholic, it was never a priority. Something didn't make sense.  He figured he was too old to understand it.
 
2013-02-12 10:42:42 AM  
FTA:    He appointed 67 of the 117 cardinals that -- as of Monday -- are set to make the decision.

Tricky devil.  Now that he controls the college, he's doesn't have to be involved with the day-to-day crap.
 
2013-02-12 10:43:27 AM  

Cold_Sassy: bartink: Something big is about to break in the scandal, IMO.

Have to agree with this


My reaction exactly, although it'll likely come in the form of a really juicy bestselling tell-all a year or two from now.
 
2013-02-12 10:43:32 AM  
The credit card payments in the state of the Vatican city are again working, and so the pilgrims as well as the tourists who visit the church of St. Peter's every day can now use the ordinary payment service, including paying for the Vatican museums," Lombardi said.

This is important!!
 
2013-02-12 10:44:48 AM  

Broktun: sure haven't: Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.

Pope JPII didn't let that stop him.


He probably should have. If this is a legit resignation because of "too old" then I think it's a good precedent. People are living longer, but their minds are still going out in the 80s and 90s. Give us a Pope who's actually conscious for his reign.
 
2013-02-12 10:45:24 AM  

Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Have some respect, people. Wouldn't you want to resign when you feel like you can't work anymore?


Exactly. Who wants to work for their entire life? Everybody should reward themselves with retirement. There are millions of little boys out there to bugger and only so many hours in the day you know.
 
2013-02-12 10:45:34 AM  

DubtodaIll: The credit card payments in the state of the Vatican city are again working, and so the pilgrims as well as the tourists who visit the church of St. Peter's every day can now use the ordinary payment service, including paying for the Vatican museums," Lombardi said.

This is important!!


They don't give sales receipts at the Vatican Gift Shop, either, I've heard tell.
 
2013-02-12 10:48:29 AM  

JackieRabbit: He's resigning because it has become too hard to sneak little boys into the Vatican. The convent he'll be living him will give hime more cover.


Yeah, because the pope is soooooo gay
 
2013-02-12 10:48:39 AM  

ThurmanMerman: He's saying he's resigning because he's spiritually not strong enough to lead.  Which really does make one wonder what's coming down the pike that we don't know about yet.


The revelation that anywhere between 30-50% of Catholic priests have HIV.
 
2013-02-12 10:48:54 AM  

NutWrench: immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him

You don't vote for Popes!


How do you know?  immrlizard could be a Cardinal.
 
2013-02-12 10:49:48 AM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: What could come out that's bigger than touching little boys? We all knew they were doing that when he BECAME Pope. So, what do you all think the scandal will be?


That the Pope himself buggered little boys.
 
2013-02-12 10:50:05 AM  

markfara: DubtodaIll: The credit card payments in the state of the Vatican city are again working, and so the pilgrims as well as the tourists who visit the church of St. Peter's every day can now use the ordinary payment service, including paying for the Vatican museums," Lombardi said.

This is important!!

They don't give sales receipts at the Vatican Gift Shop, either, I've heard tell.


Really? That is interesting.  You know, if I were to set up the perfect fleecing scam that I would have no fear of prosecution or retribution it would have to include my own sovereign territory where I controlled all the policing.  Also creating a societal belief that I couldn't even do anything wrong even if I tried would be a real sweet caveat too.  And hey, if I could somehow create another societal belief that just GIVING me money was a good thing to do without actually having to return any services aside from letting people in to my nice buildings and talking to them for an hour a week EN MASSE, well that's a pretty sweet deal.  I could probably afford a pretty swanky right and sweet threads too and afford all kinky sexual gratification I wanted without anyone saying anything bad about me.

HEY WAIT A MINUTE!!
 
2013-02-12 10:50:15 AM  

xen0blue: JackieRabbit: He's resigning because it has become too hard to sneak little boys into the Vatican. The convent he'll be living him will give hime more cover.

Yeah, because the pope is soooooo gay


Well, he does wear some FABULOUS little outfits.
 
2013-02-12 10:50:24 AM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: What could come out that's bigger than touching little boys? We all knew they were doing that when he BECAME Pope. So, what do you all think the scandal will be?


Performance enhancing drugs.

/Viagra for them
//GHB for the altar boys
 
2013-02-12 10:56:28 AM  

quartercomma: Holy shiat!  They finally went after an infallible, revered leader of an all-controlling religion for decades of covering up child rape?  They'll get me next, I better resign.

--what the Pope thought when he heard about Joe Paterno


You have earned the fabled "smart" AND "funny" votes. I present you with one Internet.
 
2013-02-12 10:57:44 AM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: What could come out that's bigger than touching little boys? We all knew they were doing that when he BECAME Pope. So, what do you all think the scandal will be?


Buggering little muslims
 
2013-02-12 10:58:40 AM  
Guilt? Good luck with that.
 
2013-02-12 10:59:13 AM  

markfara: DubtodaIll: The credit card payments in the state of the Vatican city are again working, and so the pilgrims as well as the tourists who visit the church of St. Peter's every day can now use the ordinary payment service, including paying for the Vatican museums," Lombardi said.

This is important!!

They don't give sales receipts at the Vatican Gift Shop, either, I've heard tell.


Yeah they do.
 
2013-02-12 11:10:36 AM  

immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him


You know that the next pope is going to be a young, black, democrat from chicago ...
bhwhahaha hahaahha hah ahah hahahahah
 
2013-02-12 11:14:24 AM  

H31N0US: Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Have some respect, people. Wouldn't you want to resign when you feel like you can't work anymore?

He is a scumbag who threatened excommunication for anyone who assisted the investigation of child rape. He is beyond respect, as is the institution he used to lead.


Excommunication is emancipation.
 
2013-02-12 11:19:54 AM  
He's 85 years old.  Take a look at the daily schedule this guy has.  I respect him for having enough respect for the office to call it quits when he can't give it 100% anymore.  Many previous Popes should have done this, but they didn't.  As far as any hidden agenda or secret conspiracy goes, if one comes out I'll be disappointed.  Until then, the old dude gets benefit of the doubt.
 
2013-02-12 11:20:30 AM  

namatad: immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him

You know that the next pope is going to be a young, black, democrat from chicago ...
bhwhahaha hahaahha hah ahah hahahahah


The next pope is a muslim?
 
2013-02-12 11:26:38 AM  

Publikwerks: namatad: immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him

You know that the next pope is going to be a young, black, democrat from chicago ...
bhwhahaha hahaahha hah ahah hahahahah

The next pope is a muslim?


Not just the pope, he will also be the Mahdi.
 
2013-02-12 11:34:34 AM  

advex101: He's 85 years old.  Take a look at the daily schedule this guy has.  I respect him for having enough respect for the office to call it quits when he can't give it 100% anymore.  Many previous Popes should have done this, but they didn't.  As far as any hidden agenda or secret conspiracy goes, if one comes out I'll be disappointed.  Until then, the old dude gets benefit of the doubt.


Well, the papacy isn't exactly an office. The pope supposed to be St. Peter incarnate and all that rot. John Paul II, who was far more popular, wouldn't even consider abdicating. When asked about this, he once said "the Vicar of Christ cannot come down from the cross."
 
2013-02-12 11:39:49 AM  
He's a-just too pooped to Pope, the man is 86 is this really so strange?

In-the-job-for-life Monarchies have rarely done well once modern medicine started expanding Life-span without expanding the quality of life commesurately
 
2013-02-12 11:48:31 AM  
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2013-02-12 11:50:02 AM  

advex101: Publikwerks: namatad: immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him

You know that the next pope is going to be a young, black, democrat from chicago ...
bhwhahaha hahaahha hah ahah hahahahah

The next pope is a muslim?

Not just the pope, he will also be the Mahdi.


The Pope is near!
 
2013-02-12 11:55:25 AM  

advex101: He's 85 years old.  Take a look at the daily schedule this guy has.  I respect him for having enough respect for the office to call it quits when he can't give it 100% anymore.  Many previous Popes should have done this, but they didn't.  As far as any hidden agenda or secret conspiracy goes, if one comes out I'll be disappointed.  Until then, the old dude gets benefit of the doubt.


Right. Because the man who is KNOWN to have helped cover up child rape and who knowingly and willfully spread the deadly lie in Africa that condoms cause or contribute to AIDS deserves the benefit of the doubt.

It's people like you who provide the soil for these evil old weeds to thrive in.
 
2013-02-12 11:58:05 AM  
He'll be the Mahdl-T, the savior who'll drive us to paradise. He'll also be the Dukelet, Pall Agamemnides, son of Duke Lotto of House Pancakes, who is known as Assol, Pall Mauve-bib, the Kumkwat Haagendasz.
 
2013-02-12 12:04:03 PM  
He probably got tired of wearing that big Pope Hat.  I mean, come on, that thing is huge.
 
2013-02-12 12:04:45 PM  

Stephen_Falken: He'll be the Mahdl-T, the savior who'll drive us to paradise. He'll also be the Dukelet, Pall Agamemnides, son of Duke Lotto of House Pancakes, who is known as Assol, Pall Mauve-bib, the Kumkwat Haagendasz.


All I got out of that was pancakes. If they start serving pancakes during mass, I might go back.

"And Jesus then turned to his disciples and said 'This is real maple syrup, not that fake crap. Don't pour a ton and waste it all'"
 
2013-02-12 12:07:15 PM  
I'm surprised at media focus on his physical health without considering he might have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or similar. There's really no reason to resign due to physical health. I don't believe for one minute that he suddenly feels humbled or guilty for protecting the church or child rapists for 40 years.

Cheney would repent for Iraq, first.
 
2013-02-12 12:15:40 PM  

unlikely: Guilt?

If I could believe that in any small way I contributed to his resignation, I'd buy myself a steak tonight and eat it without salt because I'd be all the awesomesauce that steak could handle.


ZOMG THIS.

One of the many (in fact, infinite number of) things that keeps me Protestant is that our congregations choose leadership for themselves, from their own members.  We don't get to unilaterally appoint leaders for churches on the other side of the planet, and they don't get to shuffle around dodgy priests into our churches to hide them.  We sure as fark don't hand over all power of decision to a tiny group of individuals and tell them "whichever scheming twerp you pick is fine by us" without any say into the process.  Feedback?  Most definitely.

Disclaimer 1:  JP2 was awesome.

Disclaimer 2:  This kind of thing should happen more often.
 
2013-02-12 12:16:31 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: DROxINxTHExWIND: What could come out that's bigger than touching little boys? We all knew they were doing that when he BECAME Pope. So, what do you all think the scandal will be?

That the Pope himself buggered little boys.


Does not matter.
Covering it up, protecting the guilty, perpetuating the culture of pedantry within The Church, costing The Church revenue from contributors withholding money, for a short list, will do just as well.
The Catholics have let their own Devil in the door and become Him.
With a mass media world, they reinvent or die.
 
2013-02-12 12:24:15 PM  

somedude210: AdamK: why should i feel guilt for a guy quitting god?

Catholics like to guilt people. It's a joke


i thought that guilting people after quitting god was a jewish thing?

ibetthejewsdidthis.jpg
 
2013-02-12 12:28:32 PM  

letthepossumlive: He finally read the bible. Being Catholic, it was never a priority. Something didn't make sense.  He figured he was too old to understand it.


It's just a goddamn piece of paper.
 
2013-02-12 12:29:56 PM  

advex101: Publikwerks: namatad: immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him

You know that the next pope is going to be a young, black, democrat from chicago ...
bhwhahaha hahaahha hah ahah hahahahah

The next pope is a muslim?

Not just the pope, he will also be the Mahdi.


Well it IS Mahdi Gras.
 
2013-02-12 12:43:46 PM  

namatad: immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him

You know that the next pope is going to be a young, black, democrat from chicago ...
bhwhahaha hahaahha hah ahah hahahahah


chigcago? don't you mean from "hawaii" ? ;-P

not good enough, what they really need is a true christian pope

graphics8.nytimes.com

either way we can't lose, lulz lolz lulz
 
2013-02-12 12:47:38 PM  

Publikwerks: NutWrench: immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him

You don't vote for Popes!

How do you know?  immrlizard could be a Cardinal.


Listen, strange Cardinals gatherin' in a room distributin' scepters is no basis for a system of religion. Supreme pontifical power derives from a mandate from the heavens
 
2013-02-12 12:49:29 PM  

I drunk what: somedude210: AdamK: why should i feel guilt for a guy quitting god?

Catholics like to guilt people. It's a joke

i thought that guilting people after quitting god was a jewish thing?

ibetthejewsdidthis.jpg


well...jesus was a jew....

"I'm an episcopalian, which is like Catholic-lite. All the God, half the guilt"
 
2013-02-12 12:55:19 PM  
Documentation of Ratzinger's complicity in the fight to help pedo priests evade the law is coming to light.

Let's hope Mahoney and Ratzinger are both indicted soon. RICO charges would be appropriate.

1)
"...In [Los Angeles] archdiocese documents released under a court order earlier this month, [bishop] Mahony is revealed to have taken actions deliberately contrived to avoid legal prosecution of priests who had sexually abused -- and even raped -- children..."

2)
"...in a 2003 letter to Ratzinger, Mahony says of Father Lynn R. Caffoe that between the priest and one boy, there were 100 "instances of masturbatory and copulative acts," according to an account in the Los Angeles Daily News.
But Mahony never reported Caffoe's alleged crimes to police, and Ratzinger apparently never instructed him to..."


Link
 
2013-02-12 12:55:21 PM  
ohhhh - catholic guilt - reminded me i need to call my mother

fwiw - i think, if there is any sort of scandal, it will end up being a fiscal problem. As others point out, the church has weathered years of sex scandal. It's much more difficult to either 1) go broke; 2) loose your tax exempt status and go broke; 3) see more cases to be settled and go broke. There are fewer and fewer properties and "paying customers" and a round of new settlements might break the system

at 86, i doubt he is concerned about this, if true - who wants to arrest and jail the pope?

as a catholic who misses the church i remember (like the GOP remembers the Reagan years that never existed) its disappointing he resigned. Never liked him but quitting is quitting - saying you are "too tired" discredits much of the prayer of roman catholics world-wide ("good lord, help me get through this for i am weak and weary")
 
2013-02-12 01:01:45 PM  

Sir Not Sure The Unscannable: Have some respect, people. Wouldn't you want to resign when you feel like you can't work anymore?


I'm not going to "have some respect," because this is Fark. Deal with it.

However, I agree with the second part. The guy doesn't want to be the pope anymore, and I can't blame him. Let him retire, for crissakes.
 
2013-02-12 01:05:01 PM  

somedude210: well...jesus was a jew   IS A MYTH...


FTFY

get a brain moran

somedude210: "I'm an episcopalian, which is like Catholic-lite. All the God, half the guilt"


and full retard, never go full retard
 
2013-02-12 01:05:14 PM  
Girl Pants
If in fact is he stepping down because he feels he can't do the job properly anymore, I give him major respect. It takes a decent man to actually give up power for the greater good.

In reality, I'm with the many who think he's probably getting out before something bad happens.


Well, he has said during an interview in 2010 that he thinks a pope has a right and maybe even the duty to step down if he realizes that he's become physically, psychically or mentally unable to fulfill the duties of his office.
 
2013-02-12 01:10:37 PM  
I'm from a Catholic family and many of my coworkers are Catholic.  This was (obviously) big news but I don't think one person expressed any modicum of sadness that this guy is quitting.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.  Oh, and dibs on the red Prada slippers.
 
2013-02-12 01:11:39 PM  

ThurmanMerman: He's saying he's resigning because he's spiritually not strong enough to lead.  Which really does make one wonder what's coming down the pike that we don't know about yet.



Maybe he's going to pull a Mother Theresa and we'll find out from his diary after he dies that he's given up believing in god and was just commiting heinous acts in god's name for years because he doesn't know how to do anything but continue to perpetuate the sham.

But I'd place my money on more scandal details coming out that the Vatican is furiously suppressing behind the scenes by whatever means necessary. Either more damning information about his involvement in the child rape scandals or the Vatican money laundering/financial corruption scandals.
 
2013-02-12 01:15:32 PM  

I drunk what: somedude210: well...jesus was a jew   IS A MYTH...

FTFY

get a brain moran

somedude210: "I'm an episcopalian, which is like Catholic-lite. All the God, half the guilt"

and full retard, never go full retard


you seem unusually pissy.

2 things:
1. It's entirely possible that there was a prophet named Jesus in Jerusalem during this time frame. Being the son of god is up to you to decide.
and
2. I'm a Buddhist (raised Catholic), that was a joke made by a comic. Hence the quotation marks.

But lemme guess...militant atheist who feels their holier than everyone else because they've "seen the light" about there not being a God or higher power or life force or some other such thing? Yes? Okay then.
 
2013-02-12 01:17:59 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: DROxINxTHExWIND: What could come out that's bigger than touching little boys? We all knew they were doing that when he BECAME Pope. So, what do you all think the scandal will be?

That the Pope himself buggered little boys.


and then tried to hide the bodies? :D

typical christians
 
2013-02-12 01:19:17 PM  

somedude210: I drunk what: somedude210: well...jesus was a jew   IS A MYTH...

FTFY

get a brain moran

somedude210: "I'm an episcopalian, which is like Catholic-lite. All the God, half the guilt"

and full retard, never go full retard

you seem unusually pissy.

2 things:
1. It's entirely possible that there was a prophet named Jesus in Jerusalem during this time frame. Being the son of god is up to you to decide.
and
2. I'm a Buddhist (raised Catholic), that was a joke made by a comic. Hence the quotation marks.

But lemme guess...militant atheist who feels their holier than everyone else because they've "seen the light" about there not being a God or higher power or life force or some other such thing? Yes? Okay then.


i'm ok you're ok
 
2013-02-12 02:16:23 PM  

UDel_Kitty: 1derful: I thought that the whole "health issues" thing was weird since they paraded the last pope around asleep and drooling on himself in his later days.

And perhaps for that very reason John Paul II should have resigned several years before his death. Just because the precedent is to be pope until death, doesn't mean it should be.

Maybe there's a scandal worse than the crap already floating around the church and Vatican that can force a pope to resign, but I don't find it hard to believe that Ratzinger has decided that he is too infirm to carry out his duties. If that's the truth of it, then good on him for setting a new precedent. That'll be about the only good thing he's done as pope.


***
From a decent article, although not the one I was thinking of (that JPII made it a point to emphasize understanding and love of the old and sick by being so public in his condition in his final years, which... was a pretty good point):

"One thing is clear: Benedict has made a conscious choice not to be John Paul II, who turned his own wrenching, illness-filled last days into something like a parable. It could be hard to watch John Paul wave at a crowd with a hand that trembled, and he knew it, and sought consciously to use that time to emphasize his community with anyone who hurt, and with his God. Say what one will about John Paul II, but one couldn't honestly read his biography without being moved-he worked in a limestone quarry during the German occupation of Poland, studying at a secret seminary-and one can't quite blame Benedict for not matching that, or for lacking John Paul's Popemobile charisma or the manner that made his faith seem so manifest. But then it was John Paul II's conservatism, particularly in the selection of cardinals, that assured Ratzinger's succession. And which way is really better? Should pain-not only of the ill, but of the poor-simply be borne? One can argue that Benedict is far more honest-and by providing a valuable example of his own about knowing when one is done, perhaps he is doing the Church a six-century-overdue favor. But it is inescapable that Joseph Ratzinger has not lived, and will not die, as Karol Wojtyla did."

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2013/02/benedict-in-r e signing-is-no-john-paul.html#ixzz2KiIyv1py
It's one thing if your mind is gone.   It's entirely another if your body is just frail.  JPII had it more together at the end (maybe not the last year) than Ratzinger ever did.  The latter was a transitional pope for sure.

Hell, for all I disagreed with JPII, you can't deny that he was hardcore from the get-go.

/Speaking of Polish Catholics, Happy Pączki Day!
 
2013-02-12 02:50:12 PM  
Did he hang any of the homosexual pedophiles acting on behalf of the organization he is "leading" by the neck until they were dead?

No?

Then that motherfarker can eat shiat and die.

Catholic "church" = Tax free homosexual pedophilia organization
 
2013-02-12 03:32:17 PM  

gingerjet: Kibbler: sure haven't: Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.

Which is why all the other popes for the last 600 years stuck it out until they died.

Sorry.  Not buying it.

Not buying it either.  I like to think its all the guilt for protecting pedophiles for all those years finally weighed down on him.  But I'm not optimistic on that either.


That's actually my theory now--he's honestly starting to realize it was immoral and is trying to make it easier for him to be prosecuted.

Probably not what happened, but it's a nice thought.
 
2013-02-12 04:28:40 PM  

sure haven't: Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.


The last Pope had farking Parkinson's and still kept at it. Every pope in the last 600 years kept at it until they died. No, there's something else we're not being told.
 
2013-02-12 04:42:23 PM  

PsiChick: gingerjet: Kibbler: sure haven't: Did people really misconstrue the original release that said it was due to his diminishing strength? They never did say he was OMGSICK, just that he's... old. He's old and tired and can't be the Pope effectively enough.

Which is why all the other popes for the last 600 years stuck it out until they died.

Sorry.  Not buying it.

Not buying it either.  I like to think its all the guilt for protecting pedophiles for all those years finally weighed down on him.  But I'm not optimistic on that either.

That's actually my theory now--he's honestly starting to realize it was immoral and is trying to make it easier for him to be prosecuted.

Probably not what happened, but it's a nice thought.



A very nice thought indeed, but it flies in the face of everything we know about the behavior of the Catholic church as an organization, and Ratzinger as a person specifically. It's about as likely as Vanessa Hudgens and Jessica Alba agreeing to a menage a trois with me this weekend.

I'll be hoping, but I'm not exactly betting any money on it.
 
2013-02-12 04:42:43 PM  
media.giantbomb.com

this seems appropriate for this thread
 
2013-02-12 06:36:12 PM  

NutWrench: You don't vote for Popes!


Then how do they get elected?   Wait, don't tell me, a watery tart slings a scimitar at him.   Right?    Tell me I'm right.   I know that someone gets elected that way.
 
2013-02-12 07:05:09 PM  
The rumor is that the pope has resigned to marry his 16 years old male assistant.
 
2013-02-12 09:23:29 PM  

I drunk what: somedude210: well...jesus was a jew   IS A MYTH...


THIS!

i43.tower.com
 
2013-02-12 09:24:44 PM  
In the true spirit of dark. No evidence required. No fact wanted. Just hatred for someone different.
 
2013-02-12 10:07:10 PM  

immrlizard: He's not MY pope.   I didn't vote for him



You don't vote for popes!
 
2013-02-12 10:13:56 PM  
I'm still not convinced the voodoo doll worked.
 
2013-02-12 10:26:42 PM  

xen0blue: JackieRabbit: He's resigning because it has become too hard to sneak little boys into the Vatican. The convent he'll be living him will give hime more cover.

Yeah, because the pope is soooooo gay


Pedophilia is more like a third sexual orientation.  It really has nothing to do with being homosexual OR heterosexual.

And yes, I know you're a troll.
 
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