Should the pope resign?

Should the pope resign?

There are 939 comments on the CNN story from Mar 25, 2010, titled Should the pope resign?. In it, CNN reports that:

Here we go again. Time now for another chapter in the tawdry tale titled: The Pope and the Pedophile Priests.

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SpartaSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#947 May 6, 2010
The Innkeeper wrote:
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That has to be the strangest and most interesting thing that I have read in quite some time.
It looks like Formosus got his revenge for being dug up, put on trial and thrown into the Tiber River.
From Wiki :
"The macabre spectacle turned public opinion in Rome against Stephen. Rumors circulated that Formosus' body, after washing up on the banks of the Tiber, had begun to perform miracles. A public uprising led to Stephen being deposed and imprisoned. While in prison, in July or August of 897, he was strangled."
Something else, huh?

“Do You Have a Reservation?”

Since: Nov 08

Norfolk, VA

#948 May 6, 2010
SpartaSheryl wrote:
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Something else, huh?
That is like bad late-nite TV.

"Revenge of the Zombie Pope"

Now in 3-D.
SpartaSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#949 May 6, 2010
The Innkeeper wrote:
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That has to be the strangest and most interesting thing that I have read in quite some time.
It looks like Formosus got his revenge for being dug up, put on trial and thrown into the Tiber River.
From Wiki :
"The macabre spectacle turned public opinion in Rome against Stephen. Rumors circulated that Formosus' body, after washing up on the banks of the Tiber, had begun to perform miracles. A public uprising led to Stephen being deposed and imprisoned. While in prison, in July or August of 897, he was strangled."
LOL - I believe every word of it - he came back and started strangling people! Incredible, isn't it?
Neo

United States

#950 May 6, 2010
No, the Pope should not resign and he won't resign.
SpartaSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#952 May 7, 2010
Handy Man wrote:
Watergate in Rome?
Yes, and we're all witnesses to it :)
SpartaSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#953 May 7, 2010
Neo wrote:
No, the Pope should not resign and he won't resign.
Neo, YES he should resign - but he lacks the humility to ever do so.

“"Who Dat"”

Since: Oct 08

Naples, Fl.

#954 May 7, 2010
I don't want him to resign. Long as he is in the "Hot Seat" he has the whole world focus on his lack of doing nothing with child abuse. Nothing with abusive priests. One cover up after another. The whole bunch has a legacy to be so proud of. So let him and the whole Vatican squirm right where they are. He better get use to living in the 21 Century when news is sent at a split second, not some secret little waxed seal on a pile of lies. The problems will not go away by the click of his pretty red shoes.
Neo

United States

#955 May 7, 2010
SpartaSheryl wrote:
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Neo, YES he should resign - but he lacks the humility to ever do so.
No, he shouldn't resign. Weather the storm, and bring the church through the hard times.
SpartaSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#956 May 7, 2010
Neo wrote:
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No, he shouldn't resign. Weather the storm, and bring the church through the hard times.
That would be good if it works. Do you think it might?
Neo

United States

#957 May 7, 2010
SpartaSheryl wrote:
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That would be good if it works. Do you think it might?
I absolutely think it can. The Pope's duty is to lead the Church through the good and the bad. When things get bad, the Pope needs to rally the Church and stay the course. And I acknowledge, that this is a VERY dark time for the Vatican. It will definetly take some time, but eventually the Church will recover, and the Church will regain much of it's former prestige. It will definetly take a few years to handle the situation, and it definetly won't be easy. But if you ask me, the worst thing that could happen now would be for Benedict XVI to step down and dump the problem on another man who has no experience with such a situation.
SpartaSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#958 May 7, 2010
Neo wrote:
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I absolutely think it can. The Pope's duty is to lead the Church through the good and the bad. When things get bad, the Pope needs to rally the Church and stay the course. And I acknowledge, that this is a VERY dark time for the Vatican. It will definetly take some time, but eventually the Church will recover, and the Church will regain much of it's former prestige. It will definetly take a few years to handle the situation, and it definetly won't be easy. But if you ask me, the worst thing that could happen now would be for Benedict XVI to step down and dump the problem on another man who has no experience with such a situation.
Neo, I pray you are right. But the fact remains that Benedict did take part in covering up the crimes; that's what I primarily hold against him. He was dishonest, something a pope should NEVER be.
One up on you

United States

#959 May 7, 2010
He never should have been elected pope in the first place. He was a member of Hitler's Nazi Youth. What part of conflict of interest dont people understand. The cardinals at the Vatican committed blasphemy when they chose him. Oh, and btw i not just now jumping on the bandwagon after all of these allegations are coming to light. I said this right after the smoke came out of the roof.
Neo

United States

#960 May 7, 2010
SpartaSheryl wrote:
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Neo, I pray you are right. But the fact remains that Benedict did take part in covering up the crimes; that's what I primarily hold against him. He was dishonest, something a pope should NEVER be.
As for the circumstances surrounding the coverups, I'm not sure. He does seem to be proactively taking steps now to deal with the pedophiles. Just give it time, I'm sure things will eventually come under control again.
Neo

United States

#961 May 7, 2010
One up on you wrote:
He never should have been elected pope in the first place. He was a member of Hitler's Nazi Youth. What part of conflict of interest dont people understand. The cardinals at the Vatican committed blasphemy when they chose him. Oh, and btw i not just now jumping on the bandwagon after all of these allegations are coming to light. I said this right after the smoke came out of the roof.
Let me tell you something. ALL German boys during WWII were REQUIRED to join the Hitler Youth. They had absolutely no say in the matter.
SpartaSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#962 May 7, 2010
One up on you wrote:
He never should have been elected pope in the first place. He was a member of Hitler's Nazi Youth. What part of conflict of interest dont people understand. The cardinals at the Vatican committed blasphemy when they chose him. Oh, and btw i not just now jumping on the bandwagon after all of these allegations are coming to light. I said this right after the smoke came out of the roof.
You got it - how he ever got "voted in" will always be a mystery to me. Obviously, none of them cared at all how his not-so-faithful background would look.
Bill Pick

Charlotte, NC

#964 May 12, 2010
DeSwiss wrote:
He should have already resigned!!!
A good answer from a good ant-catholic
Get some TRUTH

United States

#966 May 12, 2010
The Innkeeper wrote:
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I have not had time to look it up, but I think the only way a Pope leaves office is in a box.
Good place for him right before he decends into hell and then is cast into the lake of fire.
SpartaSheryl

Hazleton, PA

#967 May 12, 2010
Neo wrote:
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Let me tell you something. ALL German boys during WWII were REQUIRED to join the Hitler Youth. They had absolutely no say in the matter.
Neo, you are right about that - the boys were forced under threat of death to join the Hitler Youth. However, I'm sure Ratzinger had made his Confirmation by then, and at my Confirmation we were told we had to be willing, if necessary, to give our very lives for the church. My objection is that Ratzinger didn't put HIS life on the line - no way!
Neo

United States

#968 May 14, 2010
SpartaSheryl wrote:
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Neo, you are right about that - the boys were forced under threat of death to join the Hitler Youth. However, I'm sure Ratzinger had made his Confirmation by then, and at my Confirmation we were told we had to be willing, if necessary, to give our very lives for the church. My objection is that Ratzinger didn't put HIS life on the line - no way!
It's easy to say that now, while your life is not in danger. But remember this, Benedict was only about 14 at the time he was forced into the Hitler Youth. How would you expect someone that young to be willing to make that kind of sacrifice? And put yourself in his situation. What would you do in a situation where a decision not to obey, would probably get you sent off to a concentration camp to die?

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