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    Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Retire


    ROME — Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, said on Monday that he will retire on Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in six centuries.

    Regarded as a doctrinal conservative, the pope, 85, said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s Roman Catholics.

    The announcement is certain to plunge the Roman Catholic world into frenzied speculation about his likely successor and to evaluations of a papacy that was seen as both conservative and contentious.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/wo...ll-retire.html

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    As a history buff this is pretty cool. I went to a Catholic High School as a Protestant. Interesting experience.

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    So he can go live in peace with his gay lover

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    Do popes even do anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiglet View Post
    Do popes even do anything?
    They get to be one of the most powerful men in the world and wear dresses to work every day.

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    I wouldn't call the pope a powerful man, just a powerful puppet master.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro View Post
    I wouldn't call the pope a powerful man, just a powerful puppet master.
    The things he decides have an impact on millions of people worldwide and he has access to vaults of information that any historian would kill for. He also controls probably the richest organization in the world, an organization that millions give 10% of their income to for questionable returns.

    I'd say he's pretty fucking powerful.

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    Whatever he decides, it will be the right decision. The guy is infallible.
    “It's hard for winners to do comedy. Comedy is inherently subversive. We represent the underdog as comedy usually speaks for the lower classes. We attack the winners.” ~Harold Ramis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randolphkeys View Post
    Whatever he decides, it will be the right decision. The guy is infallible.
    I think he decided to let the next infallible guy handle this whole "priests having sex with boys" fiasco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Brickman View Post
    I think he decided to let the next infallible guy handle this whole "priests having sex with boys" fiasco.
    I think it's moreso tied to LIBOR and chemtrails.

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    Stepping down as the ruler of a organization founded upon a book of fake stories. Great résumé builder.

    Last edited by I.K.W.T; 02-11-2013 at 12:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I.K.W.T View Post
    Stepping down as the ruler of a organization founded upon a book of fake stories. Great résumé builder.
    Now that is insulting to me.

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    Does anyone have a link to where I can apply to become the next pope? I am willing to relocate.

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