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As Vatican Leader Pope Benedict Never Had A Chance
http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | February 11, 2013 | John Moody

Posted on 02/11/2013 10:12:00 AM PST by Biggirl

He never had a chance. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s on April 19, 2005, to greet the faithful, Benedict XVI faced an insurmountable problem: He was not John Paul II. Benedict’s decision to resign the papacy is being blamed on his age – nearly 86 – and his health – never robust. He might just as well have been diagnosed with a broken papal heart.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Theology
KEYWORDS: benedict; vatican
God Bless Pope Benedict XVI.
1 posted on 02/11/2013 10:12:11 AM PST by Biggirl
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John Moody is Executive Vice President, Executive Editor at Fox News. A former Vatican correspondent and Rome bureau chief for Time magazine,

Figers...

2 posted on 02/11/2013 10:18:05 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepisssssed)
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To: Biggirl

The leftists are gleeful, pronouncing it “quite clear” that Benedict participated in abuse cover-ups, and claiming it best for the children.

They’re just repeating what they heard, and pretending they thought of it themselves....


3 posted on 02/11/2013 10:18:44 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Biggirl

Oh, what silliness.


4 posted on 02/11/2013 10:20:30 AM PST by Tax-chick (We are all going to die.)
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To: Biggirl

How sad. The Church is riddled with Vatican II influenced leftwingers and homosexuals. First the Jesuits, then the nuns. Can’t blame him for losing heart.


5 posted on 02/11/2013 10:21:10 AM PST by anton
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To: Biggirl
This article is nonsense. It's written by someone obsessed with our current celebrity worshipping culture. If you're not 'cool' you're a failure in his eyes. Poor Benedict...he never got to sit at tye cool kids table at lunch like JP2 did!

I believe that Pope Benedict had a more profound impact (for good) on the Church than anyone else for the last 100 years. As theologian and professor, Cardinal and Pope.

7 posted on 02/11/2013 10:26:03 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: NKP_Vet

My pastor said at Mass this morning that our retired Bishop, who is also 85 years old, had phoned him today and said that he was happy for Pope Benedict. He said that people who aren’t really old have no idea how hard it is just living each day, and that when one is in a position of responsibility, there is no letup in the workload, no diminution in the expectations, no matter how old.

I hope Pope Benedict is not catastrophically ill, but will get to enjoy some rest!


8 posted on 02/11/2013 10:28:06 AM PST by Tax-chick (We are all going to die.)
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To: Biggirl

PBVI used to Ghost Write PJPII encyclicals His Crowds on a weekly basis Outdrew JPJII.

He was the Intellectual Heavyweight of the Church for the last quarter of a century.


9 posted on 02/11/2013 10:29:57 AM PST by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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To: NKP_Vet

Wow, this writer shows no understanding of the significance of Pope Benedict’s reputation as a great theologian.

Much of JPIIs work on Faith and Reason, in fact was done by Benedict.

The writer seems to think that being Pope is a political popularity contest, obviously written through the lense of a secularist.

Journalism is dead in this country.


10 posted on 02/11/2013 10:30:23 AM PST by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obama's Socialist Agenda)
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To: NKP_Vet

The below illustration is what’s wrong with tbe Church, not Benedict.

I was just watching Susan Malveaux on CNN, the morning news anchor. Discussing the Pope’s resignation she said “I am a Roman Catholic myself, and whether you disagree with the church’s teachings of not, most Catholics hold the Pope in high regard”. She then cuts away and shows one interview in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. Some little dingbat liberal girl being interviewed saying she hopes the new Pope will get with the times and be able to “relate” to young people.

So from pro-abortion “catholic” Malveaux to this little Obama supporter, they are they what’s wrong with the Catholic Church. Please quit calling yourself Catholic if you can’t abide by the teachings of the Church. End of story.


11 posted on 02/11/2013 10:32:06 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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Yet, B16 despite the workload, was able to write 3 best selling books on the life and times of Jesus. I have his most recent edition about his infancy. Yet I should have paid more attention when he said that that would be his last book he would write.


12 posted on 02/11/2013 10:32:16 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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A sure sign of the need for continue house cleaning in the Church.


13 posted on 02/11/2013 10:34:49 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: philly-d-kidder

Plus three best selling books about the life and times of Jesus in his own right.


14 posted on 02/11/2013 10:36:26 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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Even it took me by surprise.


15 posted on 02/11/2013 10:38:41 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Tax-chick

It is said that B16 does love cats and had kept one. Well now he can rest and enjoy having cats around him again.


16 posted on 02/11/2013 10:41:26 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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Summorum Pontificum was a huge historic accomplishment that required an almost superhuman fight against the entrenched liberal interests in the Church.

The Anglican Ordinariate, likewise, an almost miraculous undertaking and took a huge amount of vision and guts. Probably the most historically significant response to the Reformation since the Council of Trent.

This author is crazy. Benedict’s accomplishments in this short time have been stunning.


17 posted on 02/11/2013 10:51:52 AM PST by Claud
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What a complete farce of an article.

True, he isn’t well liked but he cleaned the Augean stable with alacrity and speed.

He put in place cardinals who are actually, gasp, steeped in fidelity, obedience and courage.


18 posted on 02/11/2013 10:57:27 AM PST by OpusatFR
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I haven’t read the “Jesus of Nazareth” books, but I have the collections of his talks on the Apostles, the Church Fathers, and so on.

The people who are running him down now are the same people who wouldn’t like any Pope, simply because the Pope is Catholic. Nertz to them.


19 posted on 02/11/2013 11:07:27 AM PST by Tax-chick (We are all going to die.)
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The leftists are gleeful,

That's because they're evil.

20 posted on 02/11/2013 11:10:37 AM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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My post on this thread, the one you are referring to, has disappeared.


21 posted on 02/11/2013 11:14:17 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Biggirl
What's this guy talking about? Pope Benedict has done some wonderful things in his short tenure. Of course he never had a chance with the liberal media; no faithful Catholic expected anything different. The Pope stood against almost everything the liberal media in the US, and around the world, supports. They continually looked for anything to take him down, but they were not successful.

I'm sure they won't like his successor any more than they liked him, if the new Pope is true to the teachings of Jesus in general, and Catholic doctrine in particular.

22 posted on 02/11/2013 11:18:55 AM PST by SuziQ
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What a pantload. He was true to his calling, not to the world stage. I much preferred this Pope to the previous one.


23 posted on 02/11/2013 11:20:24 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Gun control is hitting what you aim at. -- Chuck Norris)
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To: Biggirl

From the pile it higher and deeper crowd, this article is one of the biggest piles of BS I have ever read.

In my parish, Pope Benedict is greatly admired as was Pope John Paul. Both have entirely different personalities and talents, Benedict being the greatest Christian theologian in the world.


24 posted on 02/11/2013 12:16:15 PM PST by CdMGuy
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>Journalism is dead in this country.<

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A newspaper in Europe is already saying that the RCC needs a pope with the characteristics of Obama and publicly hopes that the next pope comes from Africa.


25 posted on 02/11/2013 12:26:15 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: CdMGuy

As mentioned, I have one of his “Jesus” books. That series of books became best sellers. I remember I have read somewhere that the one about Jesus’s infancy/childhood would be his last book written. That I should have taken as a “hint”.


26 posted on 02/11/2013 12:45:45 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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The fox news reporter/writer demonstrates why people of any religion should turn off the secular news reporting about their religion and about the affairs of their religious institutions.

Secular reporters should save their reporting about religious leaders and religious institutions for those times when the events of either one spill into secular life.


27 posted on 02/11/2013 4:14:49 PM PST by Wuli
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Well today’s news is not just historic but very big indeed.

Fox News has Father Johnathan Morris who does an excellent job reporting in regards to the the RC Church.


28 posted on 02/11/2013 4:38:57 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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