Did a 'Gay Lobby' Pressure Pope to Resign?

Feb 25, 2013 Full story: EDGE 50

It may seem odd that Pope Benedict XVI suddenly decided to resign -- the first pope to do so in over 600 years.

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“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#1 Feb 25, 2013
His whole reign as pope has been against the gay community. We heard NOTHING that he did to better the Catholic church. He was too involved with things not really associated with the church. As the saying goes....."be of the world, not in the world". Maybe the next pope will address the REAL issues OF the church!

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#2 Feb 25, 2013
If an African is elected pope there will almost surely be a schism. Anti-popes in Rome, popes in Nairobi (or vice-versa).
I do not believe the Catholic Church in its present form will last more than 10 years if another right-wing pope is elected.

Since: Mar 09

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#3 Feb 25, 2013
Imprtnrd wrote:
His whole reign as pope has been against the gay community. We heard NOTHING that he did to better the Catholic church. He was too involved with things not really associated with the church. As the saying goes....."be of the world, not in the world". Maybe the next pope will address the REAL issues OF the church!
You got the "saying" backwards. lol

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#4 Feb 25, 2013
snyper wrote:
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You got the "saying" backwards. lol
lol wow ok
Dan

Omaha, NE

#5 Feb 25, 2013
Imprtnrd wrote:
His whole reign as pope has been against the gay community. We heard NOTHING that he did to better the Catholic church. He was too involved with things not really associated with the church. As the saying goes....."be of the world, not in the world". Maybe the next pope will address the REAL issues OF the church!
Which are what, in your opinion?

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#6 Feb 25, 2013
Dan wrote:
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Which are what, in your opinion?
Staying out of politics and opinionated things that are not church related.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#7 Feb 25, 2013
Imprtnrd wrote:
<quoted text>Staying out of politics and opinionated things that are not church related.
If faith and politics intersect, then what?

It happens.

For instance, the Church speaks clearly on matters of social justice. Should they remain silent on this?
Dan

Omaha, NE

#8 Feb 25, 2013
Imprtnrd wrote:
<quoted text>Staying out of politics and opinionated things that are not church related.
Also, other denominations have made statements supporting gay marriage.

Should they be silent as well?

“Common courtesy, isn't”

Since: Nov 07

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#9 Feb 25, 2013
Which "gay lobby" within the Church are they referring to, the College of Cardinals or the sacerdotium?

“Some people are gay - get over”

Since: Apr 08

Reading PA

#10 Feb 25, 2013
Dan wrote:
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If faith and politics intersect, then what?
It happens.
For instance, the Church speaks clearly on matters of social justice. Should they remain silent on this?
Faith and politics should not intersect.

Gay rights is more than just a social issue - there is a legal component to it as well in that we treat a group of tax-paying citizens differently for no rational legal reason.

What one religion or another thinks is irrelevant because the laws of a country shouldn't be based in tenets of one belief system or another. That said it is true that there are tenets of religions, such as not murdering others, that share a societal interest but those intersections don't justify a religion dictating social policy or law.

Since: Sep 09

San Francisco, CA

#11 Feb 25, 2013
They should focus on retaining and growing the church. Figure out what they are doing that is causing them to lose members at such a high rate. How can they attract more priests and nuns? That is what they should be concerned with!
Dan

Omaha, NE

#12 Feb 25, 2013
KirkW wrote:
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Faith and politics should not intersect.
Gay rights is more than just a social issue - there is a legal component to it as well in that we treat a group of tax-paying citizens differently for no rational legal reason.
What one religion or another thinks is irrelevant because the laws of a country shouldn't be based in tenets of one belief system or another. That said it is true that there are tenets of religions, such as not murdering others, that share a societal interest but those intersections don't justify a religion dictating social policy or law.
They do intersect.

Religions exist in a societal context.

You know that.

Since: Mar 09

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#13 Feb 25, 2013
Imprtnrd wrote:
<quoted text>lol wow ok
A good modern translation would be, "be in the system, not OF the system".

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#14 Feb 25, 2013
Dan wrote:
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Also, other denominations have made statements supporting gay marriage.
Should they be silent as well?
Yes.

But until the others do, we can't.

Since: Mar 09

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#15 Feb 25, 2013
WCGay wrote:
They should focus on retaining and growing the church. Figure out what they are doing that is causing them to lose members at such a high rate. How can they attract more priests and nuns? That is what they should be concerned with!
They are gambling that they will convert and breed more drones than they are losing.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#16 Feb 25, 2013
snyper wrote:
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Yes.
But until the others do, we can't.
Nice slogan, but do you really advocate for the silence of people unless it's in agreement with you?

Since: Mar 09

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#17 Feb 25, 2013
Dan wrote:
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Nice slogan, but do you really advocate for the silence of people unless it's in agreement with you?
I advocate for the silence of religion in the politics of the USA.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#18 Feb 25, 2013
snyper wrote:
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I advocate for the silence of religion in the politics of the USA.
Why?

I agree that they should not endorse candidates as they are restricted now, but certainly you'd allow them their collective opinions.

Since: Mar 09

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#19 Feb 25, 2013
Dan wrote:
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Why?
I agree that they should not endorse candidates as they are restricted now, but certainly you'd allow them their collective opinions.
Within their churches, yes. Not in the outside, public forum.

I'm pretty severe on this. No "National Prayer Breakfast". No prayer to open sessions of Congress. No "Congressional chaplains". No bibles (or religious tracts of any kind) at inaugurations or in Courts of Law. No "In God We Trust" on money. No tax exemption for Religious organizations. No recognition even of the existence of any religion or religious institution of any kind in ANY Law of the land whatsoever.

As I said. Severe. Very severe.

I see it as the best and surest way to protect my Constitutional Right to Freedom of Religion ... and everyone's.

http://www.au.org/
Dan

Omaha, NE

#20 Feb 25, 2013
snyper wrote:
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Within their churches, yes. Not in the outside, public forum.
I'm pretty severe on this. No "National Prayer Breakfast". No prayer to open sessions of Congress. No "Congressional chaplains". No bibles (or religious tracts of any kind) at inaugurations or in Courts of Law. No "In God We Trust" on money. No tax exemption for Religious organizations. No recognition even of the existence of any religion or religious institution of any kind in ANY Law of the land whatsoever.
As I said. Severe. Very severe.
I see it as the best and surest way to protect my Constitutional Right to Freedom of Religion ... and everyone's.
http://www.au.org/
Fair enough.

At least you're consistent.

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