Do you agree with Pope Benedict’s decision to resign over his declining mental and physical health?

Fox Report with Shepard Smith 2013/02/11 16:00:00
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In a sudden announcement that caught Catholics around the world off guard, Pope Benedict XVI said he will resign at the end of February, becoming the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years. The 85-year-old pontiff made the announcement Monday, saying he no longer had the strength to carry out his papal duties.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the pope said according to a statement released by the Vatican.

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  • JET 2013/03/03 13:04:54
    He should have done it sooner for protecting all of those pedophilie priests. Pedophelia is not a family value.
  • Ladybythesea 2013/02/27 23:24:58
    The comet fell to earth.
  • baboula 2013/02/27 00:18:07
    If he feels he can no longer can keep up with the challenges of the papacy, he is entirely within his right
  • cheetahlover156 2013/02/25 05:19:01
    He's being very responsible because he is stepping down from his position since he is no longer able to do it properly. I wish all politicians would do the same.
  • Robert 2013/02/24 01:31:28
    You guys are all acting so pissy just because of a few incidents of kids being abused, I'm sorry but SO WHAT? Why is everyone mad about this and not things that our government has been covering up. You guys are acting like the cover up of the church is the worst thing on earth but what about the stuff our government has done HUH???
  • Tordgaard 2013/02/23 21:50:16
    Yes. If only our own leaders would have the humility to admit their mental, physical and - I would like to add - intellectual decline, we might be much better off than we are.
  • ddd 2013/02/23 20:30:18
    I agree with his decision to resign, but not because of his declining physical and mental health. He belongs in jail for helping child molesters get away with their crimes. That why he should have resigned, forget his physical and mental health. Popes are supposed to get old and die on the job, and when they get too old they have some guy do all their duties for them and they become a figurehead.
  • Izzyhomes 2013/02/22 17:29:54
    he has decided that he is getting too old. he wants what is best for his people. so he is stepping down. who can argue with that?
  • Kat 2013/02/18 17:30:38
    I applaud his decision.
  • Griegg 2013/02/17 20:25:44
    It's a good precedent. A Pope aware that he is no longer capable should step down.
  • Gordon 2013/02/15 02:18:34
    This pope is very brave for stepping down for very good reasons. I hope that he has it easier in his retirement.
  • Paul 2013/02/14 23:27:17 (edited)
  • olpie Paul 2013/02/20 20:12:58
    what kind? if you do not know, shut up!
  • Paul olpie 2013/02/20 21:31:36 (edited)
    Click the links silly fool.
  • TwinC VanillaSPilla 2013/02/14 21:20:23
  • Augure3VI TwinC V... 2013/02/15 08:05:27
  • Mike 2013/02/14 21:05:35
    Although I'm not catholic and it doesn't matter to me ....I applaud the Pope for understanding the task at hand and realizing his age would not give him the best advantage to get it done...! RAVE for the Pope!
  • Paul Mike 2013/02/14 23:27:37
  • Phoenix 2013/02/14 19:19:30
    I'm sure we'll hear the real reason he quit soon or maybe after he's dead. Jean Paul II was carted out even though he was dying, quitting isn't the norm. I think there's more to this.
  • Jon 2013/02/14 18:09:51
    Good for him having the cahoneys to recognise his weaknesses and admit it. I hope and trust he enjoys a few years of well earnt retirement. I'm agnostic/humanist incidentally, so no bias as to his views and policies.
  • Avanging Angel 2013/02/14 16:13:41
    Avanging Angel
    Don't mix GOD and this man-traditions / formulas/ systems/rituals,...seek GOD with --->ALL YOU ARE<---- you will know it too that GOD is far apart from Kingdom of The Cults a.k.a. Babylon Chaos.
  • zsa zsa 50 2013/02/14 15:57:27
    zsa zsa 50
    If only some other leaders would follow his example.
  • rand 2013/02/14 15:39:53
    It's a responsible behavior not often seen in Popes.
  • Cookielane 2013/02/14 14:43:05
    I'm Catholic, and all I can say is - THANK GOD!!
  • ivegotloveinmypants 2013/02/14 09:52:46
    He has said many things that have annoyed me, even as an agnostic. His negative words at Christmas still rankle. I am not really concerned with the dealings of the Catholic Church at all.
  • alicestarbright 2013/02/14 06:27:02
    What a despicable guy
  • alicest... alicest... 2013/02/14 06:27:23
    I meant yes!!
  • alicest... alicest... 2013/02/14 06:27:44
    I'm part of the ten percent! XD
  • ivegotl... alicest... 2013/02/14 09:53:46
    I feel sorry for your ten percent, in light of this guy's words at Christmas. They inulted me, even as a straight person.
  • alicest... ivegotl... 2013/02/15 16:35:12
    I was joking!!! Didnt you see the whole despicable guy thing?
  • Gordon alicest... 2013/02/15 02:21:48
    It is sad that so many so-called Christians are so anti-gay. Good luck to you.
  • alicest... Gordon 2013/02/15 16:35:44
    Im agnostic
  • joe 2013/02/14 05:40:27
    He might have some skeletons coming out of the closet and he's running for cover. Sure hope not,like the guy.
  • Paul joe 2013/02/14 23:28:15
  • Gordon joe 2013/02/15 02:23:31
    Perhaps some altar boys who got poked are ready to tell all. That was way too acceptable in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Dave 2013/02/14 04:33:59
    who needs a feeble senile man to head the Church? Now he can retire to South America with all the other ex-Nazis and enjoy watching moves of Goose stepping and rounding up Jews for the gas chambers
  • ivegotl... Dave 2013/02/14 09:54:14
    Well, he is not a Nazi anymore.
  • rmhoperenton 2013/02/14 03:38:35
    I do agree but the lightning strike and prophesy don't provide me with much comfort. I feel strongly that any and everyone should seek to know the Mercy of Jesus Christ ..............DO NOT BE AFRAID. Christ Jesus Vilnius image divine mercy
  • Adam 2013/02/14 03:08:28
    I do have to wonder, however: How exactly does this work with Papal infallibility? Does he suddenly become no longer infallible?
  • rmhoper... Adam 2013/02/14 03:57:26 (edited)
    According to Church doctrine, he is only infallible as Pope. The thing is with this however is that most people misunderstand the doctrine of infallibility. It IS NOT everything a Pope say's or does. It is only by special decree that infallibility becomes a matter of faith (for the faithful).
    It has to do with obedience and God's pleasure in His creatures submitting to obedience. Faith is obedience and requires the surrender of ones own free will. Ultimately this submission is an act given in faith to a God who you cannot truly in human form fathom or comprehend. The significance of obedience lies in the sacrifice of yourself in submission to that which you cannot fully know. In emulation of Christ...As He did not know as a fact what each of our individual choices expressed through free will would be as He sacrificed Himself utterly and entirely for us.
    Obedience to faith is to protect you in your relationship to God. He lowered Himself to our form as to show what is possible and to give honesty to His justice. His Mercy Though is His essense and His nature.
    Ask Him to show you.....Seriously. You don't need to be Catholic or even Christian. If you say the following prayer with an open heart and mind He will reach out for you and offer you love that exceeds anything this world does or could offer.

    Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me and on the whole world.
    Just please try it?
    Try it a lot...Try it 100 times per day for a week?
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