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Pope Benedict XVI Resigning February 28


Pope Benedict will step down February 28, the Vatican has confirmed. The resignation took the Vatican by surprise, as it is the first time in six centuries (not since 1415) that a Pope has resigned.

The full text of his resignation and see an ABC News report, AFTER THE JUMP....

PopeReuters reports:

The 85-year-old pope said he had noticed that his strength had deteriorated over recent months "to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me".

"For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter," he said according to a statement from the Vatican.

His attacks on gay marriage and gay families will not be missed. The office will be vacant until a successor is chosen.

The Pope has said in recent months that gays "[manipulate] their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices — and [destroy] the very 'essence of the human creature' in the process". Benedict said in December that gay marriage offends human truth, and threatens justice and peace.

He also blessed the lawmaker behind Uganda's "kill the gays" bill.

Last September he called gay marriages "defective" and called on U.S. Bishops last March to defend against the passage of marriage equality laws.

Though, he's not against the occasional male strip show:


Continuing, he has said in November 2010 "sexuality has an intrinsic meaning and direction, which is not homosexual," a follow-up to a September 2010 attack in which he said that marriage equality laws "contribute to the weakening of the principles of natural law" and to "confusion about society’s values."

In June of 2010 an unauthorized painting depicting Benedict marrying two men went on display in London:


It was shortly after he begged forgiveness from God for the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal that he helped cover up.

In May 2010 he called gay marriage "dangerous" and "insidious". A few months earlier he said "In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.”

Gays endanger humanity, he said in January 2010, right after embracing an anti-gay Holocaust denier.

In December 2008 Pope Benedict said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

In 2007, he called gay marriage an obstacle to world peace. These statements were "non-negotiable" he told Catholic lawmakers, politicians, and those in power.

At Christmas in 2006, the Pope "warned that mankind would destroy its own identity should it follow theories which place same-sex couples at the same level as husband and wife." He added that supporting same-sex marriage "tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue."

The full text of his resignation and see an ABC News report, AFTER THE JUMP....

"Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

"Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer."

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  1. Yeah, so what! It'll just mean another clown and more silliness to laugh at.

    Posted by: TomR | Feb 11, 2013 8:55:55 AM

  2. Such a vile, hateful man in such a position of influence. Good riddance.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Feb 11, 2013 9:01:06 AM

  3. Hmmmmm, someone has some dirt on:

    1.) Nazi past
    2.) involvement in child sex abuse scandals
    3.) gay sex

    Probably all three.

    Posted by: grench | Feb 11, 2013 9:05:04 AM

  4. Among the many things that can be told about this news:* This is proof that the Christians' god is fallible, as the Pope is supposedly elected by divine inspiration. And since the infallibility of god is the basis of most Christian faith, this basically means that their religion is worthless - and they proved it themselves.

    * This is a huge sign of how Italian politics are changing, and with them the politics of Europe in general. Let me explain: Palpatine will resign four days after the upcoming election, in which all of the former Church-backing parties are expected to finally fail epically after 120 years of stranglehold on the country. This essentially means that the Church will have to begin paying taxes just like everybody else, and that priests are going to be accountable for their actions (and what is that Catholic priests do?) before Italian justice instead of the Vatican's. No Church influence in the Parliament - or less so - amounts to a HUGE social revolution in many ways, including economically. And when Italy falls (or rises, depending on your side), all the other Church-occupied parliaments follow.

    * Essentially, he is running before it is too late.

    Posted by: megamike | Feb 11, 2013 9:05:55 AM

  5. Blackmail? Pshaw! It's a coup. A lone blackmailer would have been murdered out of hand. The head of the Catholic Church would not hesitate for two seconds to have a blackmailed killed and fed to the dogs. My guess is that when the person with the damaging info went to Razi with it, Razi said, basically, "Smithers, release the hounds!" and Smithers said, "I'm so very sorry that I can't comply with your wishes, your Holiness. You see, I'm on HIS side. In fact, we're ALL on his side."

    Posted by: kit | Feb 11, 2013 9:11:57 AM

  6. Good riddance to a really evil man.

    We watched MEA MAXIMA CULPA this weekend and Ratzinger is completely guilty of covering up the abuse of those boys and girls who were abused by Catholic Priests.

    Get rid of the entire Papal organization.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 11, 2013 9:13:26 AM

  7. I nominate Jerry Sandusky.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 11, 2013 9:18:15 AM

  8. "they are all the same"

    No, they're not. The Vatican is the only remaining monarchy in the developed world in which the "king" has near absolute authority, and it shows. The three-decade lurch to the right was the work of two men, JPII and Benedict. Had JPI lived and served several years instead of just one month, the Catholic Church would be a very, very different organization today.

    The big difference with true monarchies, of course, is that succession isn't biological and the character of the new regent isn't left up to the whimsy of genetics and (usually spoiled) up-bringing. The next pope is likely to be very much like the last two.

    But you never know...

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 11, 2013 9:20:16 AM

  9. Santorum for Pope 2013!

    Posted by: Santorum's Wife | Feb 11, 2013 10:03:57 AM

  10. Something is seriously wrong here. I mean, can't the Pope pray for strength to carry on, or has god forsaken him? There is quite a bit of mystery here, Popes don't resign. Perhaps like many cheap and tawdry mysteries, in the end we'll find the butler did it.

    Posted by: Bob R | Feb 11, 2013 10:06:31 AM

  11. I don't buy it.

    These old f*ckers don't leave except in a box, even if they're non compos mentis, drooling and pooping all over their fancy robes.

    So there's two options I can think of, and probably many more besides. Maybe there's a huge scandal he's trying to get in front of, most likely involving child sex abuse. Not necessarily as a perpetrator, but perhaps a cover-up since he was the guy who handled those cases for several decades. The other option is that he wants to choose the next Pope and his position, and the mythology surrounding it, gives him a lot of power in that decision.

    His retiring is very odd. Isn't he supposed to be pretty much God's representative on Earth, infallible to boot? If he's still alive that means they're picking God's OTHER representative on Earth, who will also be infallible. But what if they don't agree? Then one of them isn't infallible, right?

    Very confusing to the faithful.

    Either that or he's going to retire with his "secretary," Cardinal Hotsi-Totsi, come out of the closet and open a B&B.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 11, 2013 10:23:12 AM

  12. Bob--I totally disagree. John XXIII and John Paul I were aberrations. All these pointy-hatted prelates were the same until the Vatican Council. There hadn't been any movement in the church in centuries. They didn't even concede the nature of the solar system until the 20th century! And given their affection for the superstitions replete in the Buybull, the differences between the so-called liberal popes is inconsequential.

    Posted by: CANDIDEINNC | Feb 11, 2013 10:24:49 AM

  13. He should have stayed on as per tradions

    Posted by: Azhar Nadeem | Feb 11, 2013 10:25:56 AM

  14. He should have stayed on as per tradions

    Posted by: Azhar Nadeem | Feb 11, 2013 10:25:59 AM

  15. He should have stayed on as per tradions

    Posted by: Azhar Nadeem | Feb 11, 2013 10:26:01 AM

  16. He should have stayed on as per tradions

    Posted by: Azhar Nadeem | Feb 11, 2013 10:26:06 AM

  17. @BOBN Well, now you know why JPI was murdered. JPI had planned to continue the reforms started by John XXIII and temporarily stymied by Paul VI. The reactionary elements within the Church would seen further erosion of their temporal power and the continued liberalization of the Church. Sad to say that you are right that a man just as reactionary as JPII and Benedict will rise to the Throne of St. Peter, probably an African. Right now reactionary Christian orthodoxy (be it Catholic or Protestant) has taken firm root in Africa.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 11, 2013 11:25:45 AM

  18. The Catholic Church is The Root of all Evil.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 11, 2013 11:29:35 AM

  19. If you like conspiracy theories (and you really shouldn't), I would guess that the recent butler-stole-his-diary scandal politically weakened the pontiff to the point that those vying for his seat suggested strongly that he resign. However, he does have health problems and has stated in the past that a pope should resign if he isn't up to it. The inconsistency is in allowing old popes to be elected to begin with.

    The Church is all about not getting things done. It's all about not changing. It's a bureaucracy incarnate. So, electing do-nothing popes is exactly what the system demands. Keep in mind that the church didn't actively promote child endangerment, they just did nothing to stop it. So, putting a system in place to allow for more active papacies would really be a radical move for any pope. For example, a rule that you can be elected after age 65 and must resign by 80 would dramatically change the church.

    If they eased out this pope for whatever reason, they'll elect another caretaker pope in his seventies, probably from Italy, France or Spain. If Ratzinger is still in charge of the process then a slightly younger pope, probably in his sixties, from Europe or South America, though Spain or France would probably be the first choices. You'll hear lots of wild speculation either way.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 11, 2013 11:37:20 AM

  20. The Evil Emperor must die.

    Posted by: Darth Vader | Feb 11, 2013 11:40:23 AM

  21. The Catholic Church is still a thing? Lol, people and their delusions.

    Posted by: eyescintilla | Feb 11, 2013 12:04:18 PM

  22. Good. Too bad the rest of the Catholic Clergy aren't going away with him.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 11, 2013 12:14:56 PM

  23. I can't help but look at this and think that this is a sign of a massive cultural shift happening... is this the beginning of the end for the Catholic church as we know it?

    Posted by: steve | Feb 11, 2013 12:19:56 PM

  24. In the beginning, Peter may not have anticipated that religion is such a lucrative business.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 11, 2013 12:32:37 PM

  25. yes NAT possible but another issue is the vatican Financial scandal

    EU banks have pulled all banking machines from vatican premises and refuse to carry on any business within vatican grounds thus souvenir purchases are limited to straight up cash brought in by people

    The Vatican can not meat the EU specifications/ regulations on proof of NOt laundering money for drug cartels, mobsters, terrorist orgs, or terrorist states

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 11, 2013 12:33:36 PM

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