poorcku: oryx: One day you're infallible, the next day you're not. How does that work?Reading might help you but then again, I am not entirely convinced that it works on people with blinders on.
Cluckity: He's spending his final days influencing the people who will select the next pope, and he'll stay on as advisor.Seems like the closest thing a 'celibate' guy could do to creating a dynasty. This is the way rich old dudes insure their sons and daughters continue to lead companies.
JRoo: With the Catholic churches history, his resignation might be proof of his holiness.
foxy_canuck: Also, the infallible thing is never used on moral issues, so a declaration about the ordination of women priests would have never happened. It is meant as a definitive theological statement about the current state of beliefs within the church. When the church declared the Immaculate Conception of Mary from the seat of Peter it meant that this is a definitive belief of the church, not that it is impossible to be wrong.
SinPiEqualsZero: Comic most applicable to this pope:[oi45.tinypic.com image 390x959]Seriously, he creeps me out and sets off my gaydar like crazy.
cynicalbastard: Well, yeah, a Pope could technically say "Wimmen can't ever become Priests", and be infallible, but a future pope could say "But now they can, and he was infallibly right only at the time he said it, but my infallibility goes now." Kinda like colored folks and the Mormon leaders.
JackieRabbit: SwiftFox: When someone states that they have to be retired from being infallible, that's that. "Oh no, Your Holiness! You're wrong and infallible!"Actually, Catholic dogma states that the pope is only infallible when he decrees from the throne of St. Peter. A little know fact, even among Catholics.
SwiftFox: When someone states that they have to be retired from being infallible, that's that. "Oh no, Your Holiness! You're wrong and infallible!"
St. Snuff: He is definitely not going to throw his ring into the fires of Mordor.[i50.tinypic.com image 400x235]
gadian: And pens! Or maybe that's just me....
Testiclaw: I heard that he gets to live in a cloister and will have zero contact with anybody.How true is that?/how will he get food, etc.?
Sir Cumference the Flatulent: Mugato: Are they going to have security escort him out?Imagine what the exit interview must be like.
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