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Have fun in hell loser.
you have the best job on the planet. travel like a mofo.
popes don't resign because of scandal. they don't resign, period. this guy is just very humble and very principled. he is trying to start a new precedent. he purposely has tried to emphasize the traditional - not sure what you can really do to "modernize" to attract the whims of changing tastes when you are 2,000 years old. (though I wish they would take a more sensible view of birth control, at least within marriage and a more sensible view on allowing priests to get married.) overall, a very good pope. but more of an academic/intellectual than an inspiring leader. if the cardinals weren't all old virgins I'd expect them to go outside the box and maybe elect an African or an Asian or a South American. That would be cool.
Bill Cotterell: Can you imagine the lobbying work this guy could get -- nothing flashy, just a discrete client pitch -- I used to be God's messenger on earth, now I can be yours...
No one who speaks German could be a evil man.
Where is the Debbie Yow of popes to hire a shitty replacement pope? I wonder if the Mark Gottfried of popes is celebrating today.
It's an old boys' club so I'm sure they'll appoint his unqualified son Benedict XVII.
they should definitely make herb pope the next pope, a la that arrested development where they gave judge reinhold a courtroom reality show because his name is judge.
I'm hoping it's Timothy Dolan, home many people do you know can say "I was married by the Pope"?
Who are you talking about exactly? Cardinal Rattzinger who fought every reform there was when he was the number 2 guy, or the Cardinal Ratzinger that was in the Hitler Youth?
after kornheiser's Ray Lewis joke, I looked up pope names. Seriously, there have already been 13 Pope Innocents? Compensating for something?
Yes the man in charge of covering up centuries of pedophilia is def principled, the prob is his principles suck!
that is dumb. I know it is accepted to bash Catholics when seemingly every other group is off limits, but .... pretty sure the law in Germany at the time was that all 13-14 year olds had to join the Hitler Youth nonsense. and as for reform, Ratzinger did more than anyone else in the church to help clean up the abuse mess and try to institute the reforms that are mostly working today. Read his writings. Obviously you are not a fan, but it is based on your bigotry and not the facts.
You need to ally with fat people and retards, you're all claiming this lunacy.
SAIP but I'd like them to hire a non-catholic. I'm really sick of jerkoffs saying "is the Pope catholic."
And all this time I've been saying "does the Pope shit in the woods".
Was he the one put in charge by the previous pope of collecting ALL the files from around the world on pedophilia? Did he takes those files to the authorities in each jurisdiction when he got all the info? Well we know how it went, so take your people are being mean to Catholics crap somewhere else. He and Sandusky should be share a cell somewhere so they an take turn playing with each others dicks.
It's finally time.
The-e Space Pope!
This is obviously a tough and sensitive issue, but this comment seems a tad unfair as it relates to the current Pope. It was (and is) the position of the Church that canon law, not civil law, should deal with those priests. I'm not suggesting that this position is necessarily correct from a moral perspective, but the Church, as a whole, bears the responsibility for that.
Did Pope John Paul II go to authorities? Did various Cardinals in the US and abroad? Did countless Bishops? There is certainly plenty of blame to go around, but it's not like Pope Benedict XVI was the only (or even main) reason people didn't go to the authorities.
Didn't say he was the only one.......I don't think Joe Paterno is fully to blame for what Sandusky did, but he holds some blame the same way everyone involved with the church does. I don't care what your book of myths tells you to do, if you are employing a child predator and do nothing except move him to a city to find new victims you hold the blame for every kid assaulted by every member of the clergy after you were alerted. Everyone has the right to believe what they wish in regards to religion, but no one should be able to hide behind religion when it comes to things like this.
The man at the top bears at least some responsibility for knowingly protecting pedophiles.
Are others to blame as well? Yes. But he could have taken a harder line as JPII's right hand man and he certainly could have done so as Pope.
After a quick wikipedia-ing...
Turkson has to be the clear favorite. He's 64 and from Ghana, and is the leader of the Vatican's campaign for human rights. He speaks several languages, already appears on TV all over the world, and is well-known in Africa. He seems fairly conservative.
Ouellet Canada) has said emphatically he doesn't want to be pope.
Arinze (Nigeria) missed his chance in 2005 -- he'll be too old (80) to even participate in this conclave. He would have been a great progressive choice.
Scola is the most qualified old Italian guy, and a quarter of the electors are Italian.
Bergoglio (Argentina) is out because he's a Jesuit. Jesuits are supposed to avoid Church honors (but he is a cardinal, so :shrug: )
A two-term black President and then a mid-60s black Pope?
These are tough, tough times for the global racist community.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
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