Pope's resignation spurs death threats, vicious bigotry

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“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#1 Feb 14, 2013
In the wake of the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will step down as of the end of this month, numerous hate-filled messages have been posted on the social media site Twitter, as reposted by conservative writer Michelle Malkin's Twitter watchdog site Twitchy on Feb. 11, 2013.

The man born Joseph Ratzinger in 1927 Germany was falsely accused on-line of being a Nazi during the Second World War.

Like all German children at the time, Ratzinger was enrolled by law in the Hitler Youth when he was 14, but reportedly refused to attend meetings.

He was also drafted in the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) when he was 16-yrs-old, but soon thereafter deserted rather than fight against the liberating American Army.

Who Needs Facts...?

Yet factual information regarding the Pope's WWII past didn't stem accusations to the contrary:(self censored)

"Darren@MetalOllie- So, Pope Benedict XVI has resigned. Good f*****g riddance, you hate-filled, homophobic, divisive, antediluvian little Nazi."

Other tweets were less specific, but just as hate filled, ranging from the generic to wishing his death. Examples include:(self censored)

"Morally Bankrupt @snaisy - Resignation via slitting your wrists in a bathtub please"

"Church Of F**k @churchoff**k666 - I HOPE YOU GET SHOT ANYWAY YOU F**K"

"Pietie Steyn @pietiegroen - Hey hope you die soon. C**t"

"Anup the S'eair@MatthuMiller - F**k the pope and every practicing Chatholic. Evil people"

"Steele Saunders@SteeleSaunders - "Oh he didn't die" - Billions of disappointed people."

"Kieran Morris@hipsterscumbag - Hahahaha yes, congrats on the retirement, now DIE"

An unidentified member of the Twitchy staff editorialized at the end of the article:

"Indeed. What the morally bankrupt and hate-filled donít understand is that the pope will pray for them and hold them in his heart. True tolerance and love is beyond them."

On A Lighter Note...

Despite the crude public statements made by some, Barack Obama did tweet his best wishes to Pope Benedict.

But what some describe as another example of what many consider Obama's rather large ego, he mentioned the pope three times, but referred to himself four:

"On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years. The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's successor."

http://www.examiner.com/article/pope-s-resign...
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#2 Feb 14, 2013
The most egregious case of Benghazi flu ever.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#3 Feb 14, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
The most egregious case of Benghazi flu ever.
Really?

Pope Apologizes for Catholic Church's Child Abuse Failures
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-apolog...

As opposed to your girl:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hzqcaKxYu9U/UQN3hLW...
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#4 Feb 14, 2013

“Queen of my domain”

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#5 Feb 14, 2013
Here's some insight into the secrecy of the Vatican:

Earlier this week, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing he was resigning from his post as head of the Roman Catholic Church. It was the first time a sitting pope had stepped down in nearly 600 years.

As Mark wrote on Monday, Benedict cited his "advanced age (85) and diminishing strength," as reasons for his decision.

On Thursday, it emerged that the pope had hit his head on a sink during his trip last March to Mexico. But a Vatican spokesman denied that had anything to do with Benedict's decision to step down.

The revelation came just two days after the spokesman said the pope underwent a secret operation late last year to replace the battery for a pacemaker that he's had for years.

Benedict retires on Feb. 28, and the Vatican has been keen to say that he will stay retired.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

"The papal ring will be destroyed, along with other powerful emblems of authority, just as they are after a pope's death. The retiring Pope Benedict XVI will live in a monastery on the edge of the Vatican gardens and will likely even give up his beloved theological writing."
And, the Vatican says, Benedict will have no role in the election of his successor. But Benedict's private secretary will remain in that position and live with the outgoing pope, and he will also serve as prefect of the new pontiff's household.

The AP has a story on the "litany of smokescreens after the papal bombshell." Here's what it says, in part:

"As the Catholic world reeled from shock over the abdication, it soon became clear that Benedict's post-papacy lodgings have been under construction since at least the fall. That in turn put holes in the Holy See's early claims that Benedict kept his decision to himself until he revealed it.
"Vatican secrecy is legendary and can have tragic consequences ó as the world learned through the church sex abuse scandal in which bishops quietly moved abusive priests without reporting their crimes.
"And the secrecy is institutionalized from such weighty matters to the most trivial aspects of Vatican life."
A new pope is expected to be elected before Easter.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/1...
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 14, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Really?
Pope Apologizes for Catholic Church's Child Abuse Failures
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-apolog...
As opposed to your girl:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hzqcaKxYu9U/UQN3hLW...
Got a guilty conscience? I didn't say anything about child abuse.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#7 Feb 14, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
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Got a guilty conscience? I didn't say anything about child abuse.
You didn't have to. It's that obvious.

“Queen of my domain”

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#8 Feb 14, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
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Got a guilty conscience? I didn't say anything about child abuse.
You're just here to stir the pot, wee man.

“Queen of my domain”

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#9 Feb 14, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Really?
Pope Apologizes for Catholic Church's Child Abuse Failures
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-apolog...
As opposed to your girl:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hzqcaKxYu9U/UQN3hLW...
Church did apologize.

Still as an institution, it seems that it probably needs some modernization if offices next to each other don't communicate. Makes me wonder sometimes what the pope really knows and what he doesn't.

Still have to give some props to the man who can admit he's too frail to do the job and step back. Not sure how that will play out.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#10 Feb 14, 2013
gokeefe wrote:
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Church did apologize.
Still as an institution, it seems that it probably needs some modernization if offices next to each other don't communicate. Makes me wonder sometimes what the pope really knows and what he doesn't.
Still have to give some props to the man who can admit he's too frail to do the job and step back. Not sure how that will play out.
I suspect being pope is like being POTUS or a CEO...there are always going to be things the big man knows nothing about, whether for nefarious or benign reasons. The child abuse scandal as a whole wasn't one of them. But I'm betting that JPII was a) unaware of the extent of the priest shuffling in US dioceses and b) was through age and illness not able to get a handle on things. Now, if you remember what he was like in the early years of his reign, I can't imagine that if he had known then that he wouldn't have put the hammer down.
I agree that Benedict is wise in realizing that he's just worn out. If a pope can't travel, his impact is greatly diminished.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#11 Feb 14, 2013
He's a quitter, like Sarah Palin.

“Queen of my domain”

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#12 Feb 14, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
He's a quitter, like Sarah Palin.
But he's not a d!<k like you.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#13 Feb 14, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
He's a quitter, like Sarah Palin.
Your envy is noted...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PJCRMCfljj0/UIsxZRz...

http://cdn.blogs.babble.com/famecrawler/files...
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#14 Feb 14, 2013
gokeefe wrote:
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But he's not a d!<k like you.
No, he is a c nt like you.

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#15 Feb 14, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>I suspect being pope is like being POTUS or a CEO...there are always going to be things the big man knows nothing about, whether for nefarious or benign reasons. The child abuse scandal as a whole wasn't one of them. But I'm betting that JPII was a) unaware of the extent of the priest shuffling in US dioceses and b) was through age and illness not able to get a handle on things. Now, if you remember what he was like in the early years of his reign, I can't imagine that if he had known then that he wouldn't have put the hammer down.
I agree that Benedict is wise in realizing that he's just worn out. If a pope can't travel, his impact is greatly diminished.
Agreed.

The sex abuse actually began under and continued under Paul VI.

Considering how obsessed he was with Vatican II, not sure he would have been completely aware of what was happening with US diocese. JPII seemed to grasp most of the implications and what was happening. From what I'd seen in the diocese of Toledo, there *was* deliberate coverup at the diocesean level when accusations were made and the Bishop made some deliberate moves. Quite a few journalists covered the events up there, and while some of the details each revealed did differ (usually the more far flung ones, such as the details regarding possible Satanic worship among the priests in the Toledo diocese), they generally agreed upon the who and when.

SNAP continues to give total hell to any priest with evidence and legitimate accusations as well as non-religious involved with pedophilia. Sadly, I do know a few folks within SNAP. I myself was never abused, was fortunate that I wasn't in any of the parishes it occurred, but the stories are ugly.

I have to admire Benedict at least for coming to this realization--not sure if I have an opinion one way or another on how it will affect the RC. But it's a good place to be just looking at it having at least the past two popes who are attempting some modernization at least of the papacy--one with travel and opening up communication internationally and with other faiths and with this one who is brave enough to say "I can't continue." Shows not only bravery but enough humility that indicates he feels his resignation is best.

“Queen of my domain”

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#16 Feb 14, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
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No, he is a c nt like you.
Wow wee man, you're only proving my point. Emotionally and intellectually, you are about 12. I think something may have happened during your circumcision as a babe?
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#17 Feb 14, 2013
gokeefe wrote:
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Wow wee man, you're only proving my point. Emotionally and intellectually, you are about 12. I think something may have happened during your circumcision as a babe?
Well Liverlips, you are the one who first took it to an off-topic personal level. That only proves MY point.

“Queen of my domain”

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#18 Feb 14, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
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Well Liverlips, you are the one who first took it to an off-topic personal level. That only proves MY point.
No young man, my initial contact was to remind you that you are only here to stir the pot. Lonely again? I suspect every 6th grade girl turned you down for the dance this weekend and mom has to work a swing shift to make a payment on the double-wide?

I'm loaded as you are with the insults. Sling away. I really don't care because I don't like you, haven't seen a thing you posted that's worthy of respect or an intelligent response. At least I'm honest that way.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#19 Feb 14, 2013
gokeefe wrote:
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No young man, my initial contact was to remind you that you are only here to stir the pot. Lonely again? I suspect every 6th grade girl turned you down for the dance this weekend and mom has to work a swing shift to make a payment on the double-wide?
I'm loaded as you are with the insults. Sling away. I really don't care because I don't like you, haven't seen a thing you posted that's worthy of respect or an intelligent response. At least I'm honest that way.
Comment #12, you lying c nt. We were discussing the pope until your little snipe.

“Queen of my domain”

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#20 Feb 14, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
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Comment #12, you lying c nt. We were discussing the pope until your little snipe.
Go back to the Jewel Faye thread since you seem to be at home with sleeze balls and filth... I'm sure you have some low brow comment to provide there since even your vocabulary is impotent.

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