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Pope 'Tired' And 'Weak' As He Preps For Christmas Celebrations

PopeBenedictPope Benedict XVI, the world's most powerful opponent of LGBT rights, entered the Christmas season noticeably fatigued. According to the AP:

Benedict turns 85 in the new year, so a slowdown is only natural. Expected. And given his age and continued rigorous work schedule, it's remarkable he does as much as he does and is in such good health overall: Just this past week he confirmed he would travel to Mexico and Cuba next spring.

But a decline has been noted as Benedict prepares for next weekend's grueling Christmas celebrations, which kick off two weeks of intense public appearances. And that raises questions about the future of the papacy given that Benedict himself has said popes should resign if they can't do the job.

In recent weeks, Pope Benedict has begun using a moving platform to carry him to mass from the sacristy at St. Peter's, and has ceased meeting privately with visitng bishops. During a recent trip to Benin, he trimmed back his customary number public speeches. And during a recent "peace pilgrimage" to Assisi with other religious leaders, the pontiff seemed especially weary:

"Indeed I was struck by what appeared to me as the decline in Benedict's strength and health over the last half year," said Rabbi David Rosen, who had a place of honor next to the pope at the Assisi event as head of interfaith relations at the American Jewish Committee.

"He looks thinner and weaker ... which made the effort he put into the Assisi shindig with the extraordinary degree of personal attention to the attendees (especially the next day in Rome) all the more remarkable," Rosen said in an email.

Pope Benedict is still trying to execute his duties, and he's got ambitions. The pontiff still wishes to welcome back into the fold those breakaway sects of traditionalist Catholics who've felt jilted by the mother church's long, slow slide into liberalism under his predecessors. He wants to visit Mexico and Cuba in the spring, and he still hopes to be present at the next World Youth Day in Rio, in July, 2013 -- 20 long months from now.

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  1. Where can I find an 8x10 photo to rip in half??

    Posted by: Tim | Dec 17, 2011 11:04:48 PM

  2. Yeah I'm sure he doesn't want to miss World Youth Day in Rio....LMAO

    Posted by: Awesome | Dec 17, 2011 11:06:15 PM

  3. Die already.

    Posted by: bob | Dec 17, 2011 11:19:04 PM

  4. Hurry up and die old chap, I'm looking forward to your company down here. We can look back on all the abuse scandals that we covered up.

    Posted by: Big Red | Dec 17, 2011 11:34:59 PM

  5. Tsk. A "moving platform," you say? Delivers him to the altar?

    Whatever. The college of cardinals is still packed to the rafters with like-minded "princes" and nothing but the name will change when Benedict shuffles off.

    Posted by: Soren456 | Dec 17, 2011 11:41:06 PM

  6. He's pissed cause Sandusky ain't supplying the boys no more!

    Posted by: Johnny Gotsch | Dec 17, 2011 11:53:18 PM

  7. The last thing the youth of the world needs are your backward vitriolic ideologies.

    Kindly leave and take your sheeple with you.

    Posted by: Lance | Dec 18, 2011 12:23:14 AM

  8. 'Tired" and "weak' also accurately describe most of his arguments regarding sexuality and sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Bill_HB | Dec 18, 2011 12:49:20 AM

  9. Here's hoping he keels before the end of the year.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 18, 2011 1:04:19 AM

  10. does it really matter if he drops off or not? whoever replaces him will be like minded

    Posted by: luke | Dec 18, 2011 3:01:38 AM

  11. Ugh... Lowlife, nazi scum. The true wolf in sheep clothing. So un-Godly. Satanic, even. Pathetic man should be in prison, instead of sitting on his golden throne. I wonder how many he killed, when he told poor, un-educated people in Africa that condoms would not protect them from HIV/AIDS, but that using protection would indeed help it spread? And millions follow this sorry excuse for a human being, thinking he's "God's man on Earth".

    He is evidence that religion is evil...

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Dec 18, 2011 3:23:02 AM

  12. Though in general I agree that the next pope will be like-minded and just as hateful, I think what will be different is that the next pope will most likely be brown or black. Given the demographics of world catholics these days, they barely got away with promoting another white cardinal this last time. Next time they're probably going to have to be more representative. I think that will cause the pope and the church to be further discounted in America and other predominantly white (read: racist) countries. i just don't see church ladies praying to a cardinal from Nigeria. So while we can never look forward to any sort of ally, we can look forward to the role of the church being further diminished, at least in America.

    Posted by: kj310 | Dec 18, 2011 3:53:12 AM

  13. He is DARK-SIDED TOO!! Not of God!

    Posted by: Keithy | Dec 18, 2011 5:09:03 AM

  14. Must be too many young lads! Miserable old git!

    Posted by: Lance Dyer | Dec 18, 2011 5:55:03 AM

  15. Where are Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader when you really need them?

    Posted by: justinw | Dec 18, 2011 6:52:31 AM

  16. The best "moving platform" for Joe Rat. is a gurney in the morgue. His rapid decline is probably due to the intercessions of the millions of small children abused by his priests, all of whom he protected from criminal prosecution so they could continue to abuse. The Dutch are only now learning the extent in their country.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Dec 18, 2011 6:53:56 AM

  17. Well the endtimes must be near!
    Isn't Benny the last pope in Nostradamus's predictive list of all the popes?

    Posted by: QJ201 | Dec 18, 2011 7:53:27 AM

  18. Wish I could care but I don't!

    Posted by: John | Dec 18, 2011 8:55:36 AM

  19. What is pathetic are the millions of people who worship this crappy closet case. Wonder how long after he kicks the bucket that his closet case cardinals start clamoring for him to be made a saint?

    Posted by: homer | Dec 18, 2011 9:05:57 AM

  20. Who is this "Pope Benedict" of whom you speak? I only see a pathetic old man, an unrepentant member of the German war machine, whose name is Joseph Ratzinger. When I was still a Catholic, I used the drag/papal names, but now that I have left that faith, I fail to understand why any non-Catholic uses this false name. It gives the impression that being the Catholic Bishop of Rome is an exalted position, which is only true if you are of that faith. In realty Ratzinger is a man, just like me, and should be subject to the same laws and requirements of decent world citizenship. I would not call the head of the Mormons "Prophet," and will not refer to Mr. Ratzinger by any name but his own.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Dec 18, 2011 9:57:53 AM

  21. Maybe he'll drop dead on Christmas Eve. That would truly be the greatest gift.

    Posted by: jomicur | Dec 18, 2011 10:09:25 AM

  22. You forgot "mean" and "nasty."

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 18, 2011 10:50:26 AM

  23. Call him home, him home.

    Posted by: Sister Vira | Dec 18, 2011 11:15:33 AM

  24. He is indeed an evil and despicable man who allowed child rape to flourish, but even that fact does not do justice to how evil he really is. Not that his predecessor was any better.

    Posted by: timothy R | Dec 18, 2011 11:34:55 AM

  25. they have to elect pontifs who are older and older to avoid any risk of someone enlightened,

    Posted by: grego | Dec 18, 2011 11:37:41 AM

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