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Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:19:40 am »
(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday he will resign on Feb 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.
Full story http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/11/us-pope-confirm-idUSBRE91A0A120130211
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 07:23:52 am »
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(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday he will resign on Feb 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.
Full story http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/11/us-pope-confirm-idUSBRE91A0A120130211

 
I've just seen this on the news. They really should elect someone much younger- they need a Pope that is actually in touch with what is going on in the world!
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 07:27:31 am »
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I've just seen this on the news. They really should elect someone much younger- they need a Pope that is actually in touch with what is going on in the world!

 
That's fascinating, and very unexpected. But I wondered when they elected Benedict whether they wanted a pope who would have a short-ish 'term', a sort of stop-gap between more adventurous pontiffs. Whether they will elect another John Paul II, another relatively forward-thinking type who is willing to consider change, I don't know.
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2013, 07:58:29 am »
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That's fascinating, and very unexpected. But I wondered when they elected Benedict whether they wanted a pope who would have a short-ish 'term', a sort of stop-gap between more adventurous pontiffs.

That's what I thought, given he was 78 when elected. I just hope they will elect someone less theologically conservative.
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 08:15:48 am »
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(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday he will resign on Feb 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.
Full story http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/11/us-pope-confirm-idUSBRE91A0A120130211

 
*blinks*

I didn't think the Pope was allowed to abdicate. I wonder if that means he's going straight to hell?


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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2013, 09:10:11 am »
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(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday he will resign on Feb 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.
Full story http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/11/us-pope-confirm-idUSBRE91A0A120130211

 
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2013, 09:17:11 am »
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I didn't think the Pope was allowed to abdicate. I wonder if that means he's going straight to hell?

Canon law allows the Pope to resign provided it is done of his own free will. The last pope to resign did so to end a schism in the church that had multiple popes elected. That was about 600 years ago
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2013, 10:12:28 am »
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Canon law allows the Pope to resign provided it is done of his own free will. The last pope to resign did so to end a schism in the church that had multiple popes elected. That was about 600 years ago

 
Ah, thanks for the correction:)


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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2013, 01:20:57 pm »
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I just hope they will elect someone less theologically conservative.


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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2013, 01:50:25 pm »
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I wouldn't bet on it.

You are probably right. Benedict has appointed a large number of theologically conservative cardinals and many of the less conservative ones JPII appointed are now too old to vote.
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2013, 02:25:25 pm »
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(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday he will resign on Feb 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.
Full story http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/11/us-pope-confirm-idUSBRE91A0A120130211

Although I'm rather saddened by his abdication, I wish His Holiness the best of luck. He did a lot of good work -especially in promoting Latin- and I hope his successor largely continues his policies. Papal elections are always an exciting time; I'm going to have to get reading on the frontrunners.
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2013, 03:35:33 pm »
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(Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday he will resign on Feb 28 because he no longer has the strength to fulfill the duties of his office, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step.
Full story http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/11/us-pope-confirm-idUSBRE91A0A120130211
I guess we will have to wait and see what happens! Interesting developments indeed!
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Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2013, 08:26:54 pm »
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I guess we will have to wait and see what happens! Interesting developments indeed!

I just wanna know if it's too soon to declare the next guy Pope Vader.
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2013, 08:40:05 pm »
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I just wanna know if it's too soon to declare the next guy Pope Vader.

 
He does have a good track record in getting things done.
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Re: Pope resigns, saying no longer has strength to fulfill ministry
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2013, 09:57:44 pm »
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That's what I thought, given he was 78 when elected. I just hope they will elect someone less theologically conservative.

 
I guess the eliminates the couple of possible candidates from Africa.  Pretty much leaves the Italian to be Pope.

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