- February 12, 2013 - 18:22
Peter, your reply to Grant is right on the nail. I totally agree.
- February 12, 2013 - 12:31
I well give him credit for one think and thats for going from being a Hitler youth to being pope.
- February 12, 2013 - 14:13
@GRANT: At leat look at actual history, all boys of that area and era were forced into the Hitler Youth whether they wanted to or not. The result for refusal was death, no child chooses death, so being in that organization is not an issue. However no man should ever claim to be God's representative on earth, only Catholics claim this absurd notion. No other head of a religious Christian faith claims this. It just isn't biblical, but it is church politics.
- February 12, 2013 - 11:34
Well, of all the hypocrisies that still characterize the Cathoilic church, divorce would nowe seem to be put on the table...if a Pope can break his lifelong vows, why should any lesser mortal be expected to keep theirs?
- February 12, 2013 - 10:38
So what sort of title does an ex-pope get? Does he go back to being a cardinal? Does he quit the church altogether and retires to the South of France?
- February 12, 2013 - 10:20
No such thing as "God's Representative on earth", even though billions upon billions of Catholics over the centuries have been misled and gullible enough to actually believe that. It was always a money racket, and wow, did it ever pay off. While the Popes enjoy/enjoyed the overwhelming vast amounts of wealth, absolutely huge luxorious living accommodations, servants, chauffeurs, etc., they watch/watched billions slowing suffering and starving to death. Does anyone really think that's what God wants???
- February 12, 2013 - 09:46
Chosen by God Quits
- Papal Visitor
- February 12, 2013 - 08:33
Does "New Dawn" mean, no more corruption, cover-ups, abuse?
- February 12, 2013 - 08:12
Just as well to get out now because he, like the rest of these clowns, do not have the guts to create meaningful change. My suggestion is to sell the RC churches and use the billions to help the needy and underpriviledged.
- February 12, 2013 - 07:54
He's quitting before all the stories come out about him. He is the sacrificial lamb!
- Peter Quinlan
- February 12, 2013 - 07:43
The headline is totally misleading. A new day dawning for the Catholic Church will not occur until women are ordained as Priests; until the Catholic church recognizes & accepts homosexuality; until the Catholic church makes amends for the years of sexual abuse, etc. etc. --then and only then will a new day dawn for the Catholic church (& perhaps the congregation numbers might increase). Let's all wait & see how progressive the new Pope will be. I, personnallv, have my doubts anything will change.
- February 12, 2013 - 07:34
Bendicts involvement in the covering up of abuse is not just an accusation. There is documentation supporting this.
- February 12, 2013 - 08:17
Sure Steve. So the Pope covered up abuse? Exactly where is the documentation? Not even CNN has had a special on that rubbish theory.
- original townie
- February 12, 2013 - 06:58
God's representative on earth quitting.....I can see lightning bolts in Ben's future. Nobody quits on the "big guy"