Baron Harkonnen: Now, back when Pope Benedictine XVI was still Cardinal Ratzinger, he convinced John Paul II to put him in charge of investigating sex crimes within the church. Before that, there was no investigative office for sex crimes. None. Benedictine created the office and took responsibility upon himself. All the time John Paul II was standing up to Communism, standing up for Poland, nearly getting shot to death, and generally acting like a superhero, all of this stuff was brewing in the background, and not being taken care of by John Paul II. At the time Benedictine XVI went after some very high-profile targets. There was incredible political pressure from the Vatican to back off going all the way up to John Paul II himself. I know some people want to hang responsibility for some of the cases that were mishandled on his shoulders, but if it weren't for Benedictine, I'm sure that most of the crimes he investigated wouldn't have been investigated. So I have respect for the man.And I'm not a Catholic. And I don't really like the Catholic church that much. I do think John Paul II represents a high-water mark for the Catholic church. After him, I think it's a downward spiral for that faith until the Catholic Pope has as much worldwide influence as the Coptic Pope.
DerPups: i thought it was 'fark you, fark you, fark you, you'recool, fark you, i'm out.'
ChrisDe: Just to irritate conservatives, I'd like to see the College of Cardinals elect Obama as the next Pope.
ITGreen: DerPups: i thought it was 'fark you, fark you, fark you, you'recool, fark you, i'm out.'You're correct. Subby's smoked himself retarded.
Crewmannumber6: Not as edgy or controvercial as I would have liked. If there is a reformation contigent in the cloister that wants to shake things up, this could be fun.
Therion: for the first time in history, there will be a reigning pope and a former pope living side by side in the VaticanSo, which one gets to speak as the Infallible Word of God?
zetar: ruinevil: The last pope that retired before dying was hunted down, imprisoned, and died a few months later.Interesting... now was this for sport?
nursedude: FTA: "Benedict will stay until April when renovations are completed on a convent in the Vatican that will be his new home."A convent? Will there be spankings and Oral Sex?
ruinevil: zetar: ruinevil: The last pope that retired before dying was hunted down, imprisoned, and died a few months later.Interesting... now was this for sport?He wasn't a cardinal, but was voted to be pope because his monastic order was wildly popular. He decided he hated being pope, and created the rule that allowed him to retire. He quit a few months later. His successor was threatened by his predecessor popularity and had ordered his imprisonment. He was able to avoid it for a while, but eventually got caught, and died soon afterwards.Pope Celestine I V.
Jeep2011: Men in funny hats is no way to run a religion. Sex cults now we are talking...wait...uhhhhhhhhGood bye Pope. Hey a runny named guy with a funny hat...but not as dorky as soap on a rope.
hdhale: For a guy who figured on being a "temp" for several years until he passed on and someone emerged who would be able to to take the helm of the Church for the next couple of decades or so, he did ok. Yes, I'm aware of all the allegations made about him before he became Pope.martid4: Jesus H. Christ, aren't these guys a little old to be in college?Their college is older than yours. Have you not heard of continuing adult education? ;-)
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