ChrisDe: Just to irritate conservatives, I'd like to see the College of Cardinals elect Obama as the next Pope.
ruinevil: The last pope that retired before dying was hunted down, imprisoned, and died a few months later.
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?
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.
martid4: Jesus H. Christ, aren't these guys a little old to be in college?
Girion47: I like that he gets to decide that he'll serve the church in "prayer" as Pope Emeritus.
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