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Pope Ratzinger Resigns To Spend More Time With His Family

This morning, it was announced by the Vatican City that Joseph Ratzinger, who uses the alias Pope Benedict, will resign at the end of the month. The explanation that was provided: Bad health.

I suppose Ratzinger doesn’t have the option of saying that he wants to spend more time with his family.

Those of us who weren’t born yesterday will remember that Ratzinger’s predecessor, whose stage name was Pope John Paul, stayed in office to the bitter end, although his health was slowly and painfully degraded far beyond his ability to do much work at all. Catholics were told that it was a holy thing for the Pope to stay on the job despite his disintegration.

Does anyone really accept Ratzinger’s reason for the sudden resignation at face value?

4 comments to Pope Ratzinger Resigns To Spend More Time With His Family

  • Bill

    The realization has slowly been spreading, for a few years now, that in his Church role previous to becoming pope Ratzinger established himself as the world’s foremost protector and enabler of pedophiles…a role he has never apologized for, and has done nothing to undo since donning the funny hat. Combine that with his shockingly ultra-extreme-conservative (even for a pope) social positions, his Nazi youth, and the usual papel encroaching doddering idiocy, and I just find myself wondering whether the cardinals might simply have told him it was time to go, or else. We’ll probably never know for sure, but my money is on some kind of papel pusch behind the scenes in the Vatican. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. A pity he’ll now get to live in untroubled luxury for the rest of his life. He got off scot-free.

  • Shanna Carson

    Can we expect the Catholic change with the next Pope? I don’t really think so. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, formerly the archbishop of Quebec City, has the best odds of replacing Pope Benedict XVI, but he is an extremely conservative man who will definitely not want the Catholic Church to change. He is expected to be the continuity of Pope Benedict XVI.

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