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Pope Benedict XVI To Resign On Feb. 28 Due To Health Concerns

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Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on -- the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

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Carrie B (306)
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:20 pm
Very good news for the Catholic church!

Glenn Byrnes (196)
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:31 pm
One thing is certain. It is almost a sure thing that the next Pope will not be an American.

Florence Eaise (132)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:07 pm
I wonder who they will choose? Im hoping it will at least be someone a bit more open but im guessing not lol

Jason S (50)
Monday February 11, 2013, 7:43 pm
Good posting, thanks

Gene J (290)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 11:16 am
Well, I can honestly say I'm sorry he is sick, but have to qualify that by saying so is his church and largely because of his regressive policies. One can only hope that a replacement with a better sense of what century this is can turn those policies around. They are living in the stone ages along with the "religion of peace" when it comes to the rights of anyone but men. I hope this leads to a permanent change in those positions the church holds that are so archaic and better left behind, far behind.

Stephanie Reap (192)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 11:57 am
this could mean big things for the catholic church-make it more modern and relatable to young catholics

M B (62)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 12:57 pm
Maybe the next one will come from Africa or Latin America....but I don't see that women are involved, or that the priests are allowed to marry, yet. THAT would be a change !!

. (0)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 1:36 pm
Maybe the next one should be Irish or Canadian.

Don Saito (10)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 1:51 pm
I'm so sorry to see him go - he looks so much like Emporer Palpatine, the Sith Lord from the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 1:58 pm
Thanks Carrie.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 2:24 pm
SNAP calls Pope Benedict a "Failure"

"No matter how tired or weak Pope Benedict may be, he still has two weeks to use his vast power to protect youngsters. Before he steps down, we hope he will show true leadership and compassion and take tangible action to safeguard vulnerable children.

(Imagine the shock waves Ė and the hope Ė that would be generated if, in his waning days, the pontiff demoted, disciplined, or defrocked even a handful of bishops who are concealing child sex crimes. And imagine the deterrent that would be to present and future cover ups.)

Itís reckless to assume the next pope will handle abuse and cover ups better. Vigilance, not complacency, protects kids. The next pope must be judged by his actual track record, not by our naÔve assumptions.

Pope Benedict followed the same script church officials have used for years, speaking of abuse in oblique terms and only when forced to do so, ignoring the cover ups, using past tense (as if to pretend clergy sex crimes and cover ups are not still happening now). Instead of taking sweeping, proactive steps to deter wrongdoing, he offered only belated verbal apologies and ineffective symbolic gestures.

He publicly spoke about the crisis more than his predecessor but that alone is no achievement. Thatís simply because disclosures of cover-up at the highest levels became widely documented during his tenure.

Whether a leader says more or less than his predecessor on a topic is irrelevant. Actions matter, not words. And when it comes to action, Pope Benedict has done painfully little to expose predators, punish enablers and safeguard children.

Whether or not a sentence or phrase is unprecedented matters little. What matters is whether a personís actions, in a tangible way, make children safer. On that score, Pope Benedict, like most of the church hierarchy, is dreadfully disappointing.

Itís frustrating to see some give the Pope credit for uttering, in 2005, a few words about ďfilth in the church.Ē And itís frustrating to see some praise the Pope for his tepid response to the horrors inflicted on children by Fr. Marcial Maciel. The Pope is the most powerful religious figure on the planet. Such tokenism is beneath him.

The pope still has two weeks. Children need him to take decisive action to protect them. We hope he will do so."

Rebecca Y (26)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:31 pm
BMutiny: All the Pope's cling to a manifesto that they can do no wrong because they are "pure" or higher beings than the rest of us. Somehow being celibate separates them from mortal men. The thought that Jesus might have been married and possibly had a child would destroy their basic foundation. The fact that Jesus is supposed to be the son of God, but God never had sex to achieve the birth of was a virgin birth....countless priests have muddied their "pure" concept and I don't think it matters who is Pope...all the wealth he has to protect...all that gold in the Vatican, bought with parishioners whose children were molested and not protected....priests were simply transferred to another parish so they could start their molesting all over again... It truly disgusts me that the Pope is so ineffectual in any real sense and it started long before this Pope became Pope and if the Catholic Church continues in the same old way, more kids will not be protected either. I'm really angry about the way they handle everything!

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 3:39 pm
I won't miss him. I think the world is better off without any religious fanatic people.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 4:30 pm
Well, Birgit, I definitely won't miss him either. I was pretty shocked when he became Pope.BMutiny & Becky Y. are absolutely right; the way the child molestations and rapes were mishandled should be a mortal sin. This pope was so bad, even the nuns protested him. Time for some big changes in that church--not that it matters to me. Maybe if they keep the status quo, they'll finally notice they've lost most of their flock....and their "tithing" along with them. Bet they're noticing THAT.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 4:52 pm
notato grazie carrie!!!! he is a humane being!!!! i think he had done nothing wrong to nobody!!!!

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 6:38 pm
Can they do worse? Maybe he saw the writing on the vatican wall of denial. Or starting to get a conscience? I have no respect for the man who had a lifetime to change after being Nazi boy scout...looking down his nose on Jews, Gays etc. Where is the apology? He will go to his grave clutching the iron cross.

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 7:36 pm
Good riddance. Sorry to be so blunt.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 10:21 pm
Ratzinger prior to being elected popedumb (sic) harbored, protected, hid pedophile priests for 25 YEARS! As a recovering Roman Catholic I wish this pope eternal damnation in hell, if it exists. The Catholic Church sent all reports of SEXUAL ABUSE to ratzinger and he did NOTHING except allow the pedophile priests to continue to destroy innocent childrens lives. By the way the average number of victims per pedophiles is 150 kids. The Roman Catholic Church has hidden this internal rot for centuries and we are just now beginning to see the tip of the iceberg.

Cheryl Morel (4)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 12:00 am
"People in glass houses should never throw stones" "empty vessels make the most sound" Don't tell me me never heard that before, REALLY. A pope is chosen by the HOLY SPIRIT and not man. Before John Paul II John Paul was elected and was pope for just a couple of days and died in his sleep, I don't hear anyone talk about him and the . He was one of the oldest chosen popes. He also at his age of 85 has a pacemaker. Now I want anyone of you so called SMART ASS suppose to be educated, try to do the job he is doing. That is why you have all the time in the world to sit on the internet because you can afford to get it for free as you don't have a JOB. Let me put a pacemaker in you and put you in your 85 year and see what you can do.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 1:01 am
Aurea, I utterly agree.
EX-Catholics, if they were a religion, would be the third largest denomination in the U.S.
People all over the world, are leaving the Catholic Church IN DROVES.
And in spite of all the Ads begging for them to come back to the Church, I think very few of them will.

It is a MAN-MADE artifact and NOT "Eternal'. Not at ALL.

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:23 am
Good riddance and may his death be as much of a misery as he has inflicted unto others. Ratsucker has been the servant of evil for more than thirty years. But you have to give his political skills high marks, he is still alive to effect the political machinations of the election of the next false god. And to be honest the one thing to be thankful for is the fact that an American will not be the next Pope, as they would be even worse than Ratsucker has been, just look at the political agenda and tactics of the American Conference of Bishops, everything from the institutionalization of pedophile accommodation and protection to the use of blackmail, shutting down adoptions, charitable services etc., to oppose LGBT rights, contraception and abortion. An Irish Pope would be a perfect symbol of the Decay of the Church, Ireland exported priests around the world for Centuries now they do not have enough priests to serve the nearly empty churches of Ireland. As for the rest of the short list most are hand picked toadies of Ratsucker who owe their positions and power to Ratsucker and share his 15th Century theology and world view.
One thing that has always bothered me, if life and death are the perview of God why the hell does the old bastard have a pacemaker.

Sam E M (0)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:37 am
A lot of negativity here, seems like blaming the pope for everything that's wrong with the world. He's just a man like the rest of us and he's had more to deal with in the last few years than most of us in a lifetime. We may not agree with all his decisions but he surely did his best with his heart and conscience in face of some very difficult problems. He deserves some peace and quiet away from the hassle for however much time is left to him.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:41 pm
I beg to differ with Sam, (above)---the pope is not just a man; he is infallible and wears the shoes of the fisherman....and in Ratzinger's case it's red Gucci only, please. (I was taught the lessons of Catechism until I was about 14, and have wised up in the decades since then).

Edgar Zuim (47)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 4:25 am
Hard to believe that his resignation is due to health reasons. Political interests are involved.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 8:10 am

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday February 14, 2013, 10:02 pm
We won't know if this is a good or bad move, until we find out who will replace him.

Quite honestly, they all scare me!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday February 15, 2013, 10:44 am
According to articles last year in Der Spiegel, a major German newspaper {they would never publish such stuff in the U.S. major media!} - the Pope has been "out of commission" for some time - as CEO of the Vatican business, he was basically shirking on the job. The Vatican {remember this is a business just like others}, was in CHAOS, with NOBODY in charge; full of intrigue and backbiting. Do you remember, maybe, the Pope's BUTLER who came forward to the Italian media with an EXPOSE' of what was really going on? This was Big News in Europe! And, get this, THE VATICAN HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE PRISON and the Butler WAS IMPRISONED THERE for a while! Yes, the Vatican IS SUPPOSEDLY A "COUNTRY" and says it has the "RIGHT" to put a person in jail!!!!!!!!
Anyway, the Butler is out now. {One has visions of medieval torture devices in the Vatican basement dungeons...} But, the Butler's "leaks" about the Vatican dis-array, and vacuum of leadership, are now Public Knowledge {in Europe at least}.
It is a CERTAINTY that the Pope was ASKED to resign - not just that, but GIVEN THE ULTIMATUM of Feb. 28th. Otherwise, the Pope could just "agree to resign" "sometime" and carry on {or not carry on} as usual.

The INTERESTING thing about this, is, that the Pope is in theory CHOSEN BY GOD {who directs the College of Cardinals whom to vote for}; THEREFORE, GOD CHOOSES THE POPE FOR LIFE. For SIX CENTURIES, *ALL* POPES HAVE DIED IN OFFICE, no matter how old, sick, etc. GOD has CHOSEN them until they die, when GOD chooses a new Pope!
So, things indeed got REALLY BAD AT THE VATICAN for the "subordinates" to WANT to ditch the Pope! By all accounts, he had "retired" from any interest at all in Vatican internal affairs, preferring to "write a book on Theology" and stay away from people. I am sure - just speculating here - but it seems very LIKELY, that the whole Pedophile thing finally got TO him, and he couldn't deal with it any more.

Anyway, the Pope retires a broken man, a FAILURE - his avowed desire to "RE-CHRISTIANIZE EUROPE", as he put it at the beginning of his term, in a SHAMBLES, because of the Pedophile Scandal, and all the other Scandals..... Vatican Money Laundering, Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, Father Marciel, so many other causes for Public outrage... hitting the Roman Catholic Church one after the other...

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:05 pm
The hate expressed by some here is both startling and disappointing.
Where are the ideals of respect, tolerance, and diversity that Care2 promotes?
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