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News Desk: Pope Benedict XVI Set to Abdicate

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THE PAPACY of Benedict XVI has been marred from the start by the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal, which the hierarchy has handled horrifically from the moment it was revealed. The Pope refused to defrock one priest who molested 200 deaf boys.

The documents emerge as Pope Benedict is facing other accusations that he and direct subordinates often did not alert civilian authorities or discipline priests involved in sexual abuse when he served as an archbishop in Germany and as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer.

The Vatican and Rome seems to be in complete shock over the announcement.

Citing advanced years and infirmity, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the Roman Catholic world on Monday by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28 after less than eight years in office, the first pope to do so in six centuries. – [New York Times]

The news came with a simultaneous statement that a new pope will be elected by Easter.

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5 Responses to News Desk: Pope Benedict XVI Set to Abdicate

  1. Ga6thDem February 11, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Good grief Taylor. It sounds like the Catholic Church does less of background check on future popes than a small business here in GA does on it’s future employees.

    • Taylor Marsh February 11, 2013 at 11:08 am #

      There is a lot of talk about Pope Benedict’s one on one conversations with families whose children were victims of priests, which means nothing to me in comparison to what they did to protect these pedophiles.

      I’m also not certain that being 85 anyone should be giving credit to Pope Benedict for acknowledging that no one at this advanced age should be in charge of such a corporate enterprise as the Catholic Church.

  2. mjsmith February 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    People that are involved with crimes against children are peices of shit.

  3. spincitysd February 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    This is the first time any Pope has resigned in six hundred years. And it is the first time I think any Pope has resigned of his own free will. I think Ratzinger learned a few things from the last years of John-Paul II. Karol Wojtyla in his twilight years was not really running the Church. His infirmities had so wasted him that he could barely celebrate Mass. Without the vigorous man Wojtyla had been, the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church drifted. It was quite tragic to see both the man and the Church waiting for death’s release.

    I also think Ratzinger found out that the job of Pope was not all he had envisioned. Don’t believe the hype, Ratzinger wanted the office. His sermon to the Cardinals just before the vote was a naked bid for the Holy See. In the beginning Ratzinger loved the job, but later found out what a burden it truly is. The Pope is the last Absolute Monarch standing, and as such he is responsible for the one billion souls attached to the Roman Catholic Church. That is an administrative burden that no other world leader can contemplate. Not even the President Of The United States has that kind of administrative case load. The Irony of the office is that it has so much power that it leaves its occupant a slave to that office. The awful illogic of centralized power is that the Pope cannot devolve power, be more collegial, the Curia has its own agenda. The agenda of the Curia is to gather even more power to itself, to become ever more powerful. Thus the reality of the Papal See is that it is a daily grind of paperwork with no break. The Pope does not get Sundays off after all. Benedict had enough of that. He wisely decided that he wanted the last years of his life just being an ordinary man. He also understood the precedent he was setting. I find it interesting that this very reactionary Pope made this radical choice. Again I think it has a lot to do with the precedent set by John Paul II. Benedict XVI is saying “no, you do not have to hold on to the last gasp. If the Holy See becomes too much of a burden, lay your burden down. Lay down the burden and let Holy Mother Church have a strong and vigorous leader.”

    • Cujo359 February 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      start quote:

      The Pope is the last Absolute Monarch standing, and as such he is responsible for the one billion souls attached to the Roman Catholic Church.

      end quote

      To me, it’s more like he runs a corporation whose assets include a small country. Part of the complexity of his job must be the administration of all those assets, like the hospitals, the universities, and all the various real estate, etc.

      Maybe they should content themselves with just being a church. It would make the Pope’s job a bit less complicated, if nothing else.

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