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Pope Benedict XVI 'is to resign'
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Posted on 02/11/2013 3:11:37 AM PST by Sub-Driver

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1 posted on 02/11/2013 3:11:38 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Is this just a rumor? Good grief.


2 posted on 02/11/2013 3:17:32 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good for him, probably thought he’d go on his own terms rather than get ill or bumped off.


3 posted on 02/11/2013 3:18:16 AM PST by sunmars
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe he wants to spend the rest of his life out of the limelight.. with a little peace and quiet..
Little or no responsibilities.. could be wisdom..


4 posted on 02/11/2013 3:18:32 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Biggirl

Can this be true?


5 posted on 02/11/2013 3:18:43 AM PST by aimee5291
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To: Sub-Driver

This does not bode well. Benedict was a staunch conservative....taking on the liberals in his church.


6 posted on 02/11/2013 3:19:32 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Biggirl

No rumour, true, has issued official statement.


7 posted on 02/11/2013 3:20:10 AM PST by sunmars
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To: sunmars

Full Statement from Resigning Pope

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.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013

BENEDICTUS PP XVI


8 posted on 02/11/2013 3:21:10 AM PST by sunmars
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To: Sub-Driver

Hmmmm...

Did Obama call him his friend?

Obama’s Fault!


9 posted on 02/11/2013 3:25:56 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with seminarians at the Romano Maggiore seminary in Rome February 8, 2013.
10 posted on 02/11/2013 3:27:01 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: sunmars
However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith,

What does he mean by this kind of statement? Is he saying he has lost faith?

11 posted on 02/11/2013 3:28:02 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: EBH

no, i think he is basically saying he is too ill to be able to hold it all together and needs to leave it to a younger man, thats all.


12 posted on 02/11/2013 3:29:25 AM PST by sunmars
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To: hattend

Staging for the ascension and revealing of the Anti-Christ in the WH


13 posted on 02/11/2013 3:29:42 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Sub-Driver

Raymond Arroyo on CNN just said no one was expecting this resignation. NBC reported that the last pope to resign was in the year 1415.


14 posted on 02/11/2013 3:30:25 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: EBH

He neither said nor did he imply anything of the kind.


15 posted on 02/11/2013 3:30:58 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Sub-Driver
Did he finally realize he's been talking to himself for Eighty years?
16 posted on 02/11/2013 3:31:11 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Sub-Driver

What?!?!????

Please tell me this is a hoax!


17 posted on 02/11/2013 3:31:52 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (I once saw a movie where only the police & military had guns. It was called "Schindler's List")
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To: advance_copy

I think its right of him, if he feels he will be too ill to carry out his duties, its better to hand over while he is compus mentus and not drag it on for years like john paul did. People need clear direction and he’s given that.


18 posted on 02/11/2013 3:31:52 AM PST by sunmars
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To: Sub-Driver; Salvation

......Oh Salvation!


19 posted on 02/11/2013 3:32:22 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pope Benedict XVI waves during a mass conducted by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, for the 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta at the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican February 9, 2013.


20 posted on 02/11/2013 3:33:23 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: BigCinBigD

No...that was not “ok”.


21 posted on 02/11/2013 3:33:53 AM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Sub-Driver

So what does a healthy Pope do when he retires? Move to The Villages in Fla and take up golf?


22 posted on 02/11/2013 3:33:53 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: sunmars

He could very well be having health issues that we do not know of, who knows.


23 posted on 02/11/2013 3:34:20 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Has anyone consulted Father Guido Sarducci on this matter ?


24 posted on 02/11/2013 3:34:47 AM PST by Einherjar
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To: Biggirl

British TV is saying the vatican has said it is because of ill health.


25 posted on 02/11/2013 3:36:08 AM PST by sunmars
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To: sunmars

I wonder if he’s been diagnosed with something that’s going to be terminal, quickly.


26 posted on 02/11/2013 3:36:28 AM PST by Tax-chick (I have chocolate.)
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To: BigCinBigD
Did he finally realize he's been talking to himself for Eighty years?
Pope's New Book Debuts as New York Times Bestseller
27 posted on 02/11/2013 3:37:17 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

*chortle*

My parents live in The Villages.


28 posted on 02/11/2013 3:37:27 AM PST by Tax-chick (I have chocolate.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I do not recall one every resigning in my lifetime. It just isn’t usually done. I am leaning towards a progressive disease that robs him of his mental facilities like Alzheimers. (vs a disease that he would die from within a shorter period of time like cancer).


29 posted on 02/11/2013 3:38:26 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Tax-chick

or debilitating like alzheimers or the like meaning competency problems. He is 84. Could be anything.


30 posted on 02/11/2013 3:38:33 AM PST by sunmars
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To: sunmars

Don’t tell Obama that the job is open.


31 posted on 02/11/2013 3:39:40 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow. What must it be like to replace a resigned Holy Father? And might there be secret reasons for Der PanzerKardinal’s announcement? And what exactly does one do as a “former” Pope? Do Oprah? Hang out with Lance Armstrong? Market a private-label cheese? Judge America’s Got Talent?


32 posted on 02/11/2013 3:41:43 AM PST by golux
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Obama already thinks the pope reports to him.


33 posted on 02/11/2013 3:41:52 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Sub-Driver

Stunning.

Is he not, according to the Malachi Martin prophecy, the last Pope before the final one, Petrus Romanus?

Dam! I really was hoping the end of the world as we know it wasn’t coming this year...


34 posted on 02/11/2013 3:42:53 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yours is the first I’ve seen but I look for the same thing to be posted in “breaking news” at least 20 times in the next few days. “Pope to resign!”


35 posted on 02/11/2013 3:43:44 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Sub-Driver

That leaves...Petrus Romanus.


36 posted on 02/11/2013 3:44:10 AM PST by Cato in PA (Land of the free and the home of the brave? Wrong on both counts.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is a shame; God help him. He will be missed...


37 posted on 02/11/2013 3:45:17 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Sub-Driver

Joseph Ratzinger to retire?


38 posted on 02/11/2013 3:47:17 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Isn’t there something about the “last pope” and end times?


39 posted on 02/11/2013 3:49:23 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Sub-Driver

Tears, so many tears... we love you, Papa...


40 posted on 02/11/2013 3:49:50 AM PST by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Cato in PA

ahem.....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1351430/posts


41 posted on 02/11/2013 3:50:18 AM PST by sunmars
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To: Tax-chick
"I wonder if he’s been diagnosed with something that’s going to be terminal, quickly."

That was my first thought as soon as I heard the announcement.

42 posted on 02/11/2013 3:50:36 AM PST by circlecity
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To: momtothree

First Pope to resign the office in 600 years, from what I’ve read.

That’s the first one in anyone’s lifetime. Unless you’re of the MacLeod clan.


43 posted on 02/11/2013 3:52:08 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: djf

“Dam! I really was hoping the end of the world as we know it wasn’t coming this year...”

If you look at it as the beginning of the new world rather than the end of the current one it isn’t as frightening.


44 posted on 02/11/2013 3:52:45 AM PST by Josephat
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To: djf

Yep...just went a googling.

So...now we wait to see if Saint Hildegard and the comet are true... http://earthsky.org/space/asteroid-2012-da14-will-pass-very-close-to-earth-in-2013


45 posted on 02/11/2013 3:52:51 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: advance_copy
NBC reported that the last pope to resign was in the year 1415.

If true, that was Gregory XII who was one of three popes. He resigned essentially so there could be one pope. (so sayeth google)

46 posted on 02/11/2013 3:52:57 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

“Unless you’re of the MacLeod clan”

There can be only one!


47 posted on 02/11/2013 3:53:34 AM PST by momtothree
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To: BigCinBigD

Arrogance and atheism are made for each other.


48 posted on 02/11/2013 3:54:19 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe he wants to make sure he gets a decent successor.


49 posted on 02/11/2013 3:56:07 AM PST by cartan
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To: golux

Former Popes usually join monasteries.


50 posted on 02/11/2013 3:56:48 AM PST by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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