The Pope states he will resign, but theocracy will continue
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North Bay, Canada
#1 Feb 12, 2013
“I Am No One To Be Trifled With”
Since: Jun 09
Dread Pirate Roberts
#2 Feb 12, 2013
What a cynical article....
No....persecution comes from the likes of these people against churches protestant or catholic....
Since: Dec 11
#3 Feb 14, 2013
The pope will not only make sure the papacy continues, but it will continue in the direction he wants to see it go. John Paul II gave him a college of cardinals already established by majority along Benedict XVI's conservative lines. Then Benedict had another seven years to shape the college more and to promote the people he'd most like to see as pope into top positions of the Church's government. So, even if he does not try to influence the upcoming convocation at all, he's already influenced it considerably.
But lets consider one reason Pope Benedict XVI might have resigned. Of course, his health is the main reason, and I think his health and his long-expressed wish, even before he was elected pope, to retire mean we do not need any conspiracies to explain the peculiarity of his resignation. That doesnt mean, however, there are not other significant factors pressing upon Benedict that influenced his decision. Human choices often have many pros and cons one weighs carefully before making a decision like this, and it often takes more than one factor to tip the balance.
The one contributing factor that I think might have the most influence in getting anyone to resign before he dies is the hope of having influence over the choice of his successor. There is nothing dark or conspiratorial about that. If one knows his health is rapidly declining, and he has lost the strength to do the job so that it is a great burden to him, AND he has a particular person in mind he would most like to see get the position, that would be good incentive to say,Id like to step aside so that my chosen can take the mantel from me and I can help make sure that happens and can enjoy seeing him do it.
I see reasons to think Pope Benedict XVI would like to see Cardinal Peter Turkson get the job, and I've laid out those reasons for anyone interested, but it's more than I can write here, so I've put it ... here:
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