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Sister Jean 2013/02/11 15:01:58
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  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2013/02/11 18:08:59
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    littlebuffalo55TBA
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    Seems a practical decision based on what he feels he's capable of. This is an enormous responsibility. Kudos to him and I wish him well.

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  • Stan Kapusta 2013/02/16 03:28:36
    very
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    I've always thought it was a job that was never given up.
  • sglmom 2013/02/16 02:05:35
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    sglmom
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    It was an interesting announcement given that there's been none to step down in 500+ years ..

    Needless to say ..
    his HEALTH Concerns .. and the toll the role of Pope takes on any called to that lofty role .. definitely need balance ..
    and given he's had surgeries .. and is appearing to be quite frail ..
    this is something that I'm sure he reflected and prayed over ..
    He's made his decision ..
    and hopefully the conclave will choose a good and pious man to fill the shoes of so many ..
  • Sister ... sglmom 2013/02/16 02:44:01
  • Catch224u 2013/02/16 00:06:20
    very
    Catch224u
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    But then it shows what kind of man he is and where his heart is and whom he loves.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/02/15 23:30:24
    very
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +2
    Not happen in like 500 years.
  • Fashionable60s 2013/02/12 06:05:08
    very
    Fashionable60s
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    The first Pope resignation in almost 6 centuries. He is frail and apparently has other health issues and felt that would not be able to fulfill his duties. I admire his honesty even if it was a shock. Hopefully he will live the rest of his life in comfort.
  • nightcrawler2005 2013/02/12 05:09:14
    very
    nightcrawler2005
    +2
    Not a Catholic but considering its the first time in 600 years I was very shocked talk about coming out of left field.
  • ttfndude 2013/02/12 03:12:05
    no
    ttfndude
    +1
    he is too liberal for the Catholic traditions
  • Sister ... ttfndude 2013/02/13 01:52:07
    Sister Jean
    +2
    liberal huh
  • kitkat42 2013/02/12 01:35:02
    very
    kitkat42
    +2
    Even some of those very close to him were taken by surprise. I'm sure he knows what he's doing and hopefully it will be for the best.
  • ShaySceneDeletion 2013/02/12 00:58:11
    no
    ShaySceneDeletion
    I'm not catholic
  • ZERO 2013/02/11 21:55:27
    no
    ZERO
    +1
    A little. So according to The Prophecies of St. Malachy, the next Pope will be 'Peter the Roman', the last Pope.

    "[Pope # 267] - 111 "Glory of the olive". Benedict XVI (2005–2013) Joseph Ratzinger Chose the regnal name Benedict after St Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order. The order's crest contains an olive branch.

    "[Pope #268] - 112 Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
  • blindfaith 2013/02/11 20:57:58
  • Tordgaard 2013/02/11 19:19:30
    very
    Tordgaard
    +2
    Given that this has not happened in 600 years, yes, I'm surprised.
  • Dickens 2013/02/11 19:07:30
    no
    Dickens
    +3
    ...a little surprised perhaps, but he knows his health better than anyone, and if he truly feels he cannot complete his duties to the best of his abilities, it seems to me that he is also looking out for the church as well as his own health..
  • u000 2013/02/11 18:39:14
    very
    u000
    +2
    it is unusual... but he looks very tired
  • Tresa 2013/02/11 18:36:29
    no
    Tresa
    +2
    I know very little about the inner workings of the Catholic church but this man's health seemed very frail so logically I would think he would step down if he couldn't physically carry out the responsibilities put upon him.
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2013/02/11 18:08:59
    very
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +5
    Seems a practical decision based on what he feels he's capable of. This is an enormous responsibility. Kudos to him and I wish him well.
  • Sister ... littleb... 2013/02/11 18:16:02
    Sister Jean
    +2
    so agree
  • littleb... Sister ... 2013/02/11 18:27:40
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +2
    Well...the other day you said Italy (I assume the Vatican was part of that thought?) was a place you'd like to visit.I posted a picture of the Sistine Chapel.Lol...hold off until the chimney spouts white smoke..... ;-)
  • Sister ... littleb... 2013/02/11 18:29:46
    Sister Jean
    +2
    wrong I would not want to go there
  • littleb... Sister ... 2013/02/11 18:47:42
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +1
    Ah....that's what I get for assuming. Sorry.
  • moonglum 2013/02/11 17:41:23
    very
    moonglum
    +3
    yes i was very surprised
  • Herbtheman 2013/02/11 17:28:13
    very
    Herbtheman
    +3
    shocked
  • cjd 2013/02/11 16:53:26
    very
    cjd
    +2
    brave decision and my prayers for him
  • Sister ... cjd 2013/02/11 16:54:01
  • Sister Jean 2013/02/11 16:47:34
    very
    Sister Jean
    +3
    very...good for him and the church
  • ShadowKat 2013/02/11 16:46:35
    very
    ShadowKat
    +2
    Since a pope hasn't stepped down since the 1400's...
  • Sister ... ShadowKat 2013/02/11 16:47:02
  • QC 2013/02/11 16:39:18
    very
    QC
    +2
    I thought they had to die....
  • NYCbrit 2013/02/11 16:36:43
    very
    NYCbrit
    +2
    Stunned, to be honest.
  • Gina Shown 2013/02/11 16:15:58
    no
    Gina Shown
    +1
    no not really---he is the pope---he can do what he wants
  • AndrewTally 2013/02/11 16:09:55
    very
    AndrewTally
    +3
    Having just started to attend Catholic mass over the weekend I found it very surprising but it must have took a lot of soul searching.
  • Manster 2013/02/11 15:48:26
    very
    Manster
    +2
    I didn't know that retirement was an option available to the Pope.I thought they served in that capacity until death.
  • Sister ... Manster 2013/02/11 16:11:48
    Sister Jean
    +3
    unless not capable last one was in 14 century
  • Manster Sister ... 2013/02/11 16:24:53
    Manster
    +2
    I wish him well in his retirement and his health battles.
  • Sister ... Manster 2013/02/11 16:35:23
    Sister Jean
    +2
    me too
  • Marlow ~ Let There Be Light 2013/02/11 15:29:09
    very
    Marlow ~ Let There Be Light
    +3
    Shocked and when I read his letter I was all choked up. He;'s such a decent man. There was a vaccum in that last year of John Paul II's life and i don't think Benedict wanted the church to go through that again. Unfortunately the modern world doesn't allow for that vacuum. My prayers for him and for a smooth transition.

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  • Sister ... Marlow ... 2013/02/11 15:36:35
    Sister Jean
    +2
    I felt the same
  • Peewee ~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/11 15:28:24 (edited)
    very
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    What a horrible time he must have had to wrestle with such a difficult and monumental decision.

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