Pope Benedict to retire for health reasons

ok seriously if a guy accused of being an ex nazi has said to the catholic church i'm outta here, you have to ask how ****ed up is it
 
So was Pope John Paul II, but he willed himself to keep on trucking.
 
...you get that from him saying he's too old and unhealthy to do his job?

no i got that from being a smart ass and making a joke.

and as other as said this is out of the blue and the previous pope was in much worse health and far older but him stepping down was never an option.
 
I hear Bono is waiting for the call to be the new pope ;)

Seriously though church should elect a younger and more healthy guy next time around.
 
I demand that Patrick Stewart be appointed the Arbiter of Succession.
 
I guess no one can go and use Pope Palpitine jokes anymore.
 
I guess no one can go and use Pope Palpitine jokes anymore.

Well, we have yet to see who the next pope will be. So far, Palpatine jokes would be more or less applicable to most of them throughout history, so if its another old white guy we can recycle the same humor.
 
The Rent Is Too Damn High guy should be made Pope! It would be awesome
 
Yeah and he can break into song just out of nowhere when being interviewed by Barbara Walters in his spiffy new Pope Robes.
 
Elton John should be the new pope.
 
I hear that Nicki Minaj has been getting some practice when it comes to Catholicism.
 
So what happens to him in the the lawsuit against the church if he resigns?
 
So what happens to him in the the lawsuit against the church if he resigns?

Probably nothing. He'll get the usual high powered get out of jail free/ no personal responsibility card.
 
It does seem a little iffy since most Popes have to be at death's door or literally dying before they leave that position.
 
Are Roman Catholics ready for a Black Pope?

Not being a Catholic myself, I have no idea.
 
Probably nothing. He'll get the usual high powered get out of jail free/ no personal responsibility card.

Actually, I think the lawsuit has been withdrawn anyway, since it was intended to uncover documents concealing sexual molestation and they've been able to get to them via the archdiocese bankruptcy hearings ....but he was specifically named as a defendant.


I think they should have a term for making a getaway like that....something Italian....like....'Paterno'. I like that...."in stepping down, Pope Benedict XVII claims the sacred right of Paterno..." It's like Omerta, but with sex thrown in. :D
 
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Are Roman Catholics ready for a Black Pope?

Not being a Catholic myself, I have no idea.

That's a good question. I was raised staunch Catholic, but terminated with extreme prejudice my relationship to that institution a long time ago.

On one hand, an African, Asian or South American pope would reflect the only parts of the world where that institution isn't in decline. However, from my own experience I know a lot of traditional Catholics from the European tradition are uncomfortable sharing their space with other cultures, and a black pope would just be unsettling for some.
 
Well, we have yet to see who the next pope will be. So far, Palpatine jokes would be more or less applicable to most of them throughout history, so if its another old white guy we can recycle the same humor.

The next guy will have a deep voice and bad asthma.
 
And a lovely singing voice.
 
no i got that from being a smart ass and making a joke.

Ah. I must have left my sense of humor hanging by a belt in my closet this morning. It's monday... :dry:

and as other as said this is out of the blue and the previous pope was in much worse health and far older but him stepping down was never an option.

It's definitely out of the blue, though can we really say if the previous Pope was in worse health? Age isn't necesarilly a factor, as old age doesnt automatically equal poor health. Hell, my friend's grandfather lived to be 98, and was remarkably healthy for his age (still pretty spry, full mental capacities). People age differently, but to be honest, I don't know much about this Pope.
 

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