Pope resigns: An atheist's reflections

Pope resigns: An atheist's reflections

There are 325 comments on the Examiner.com story from Feb 11, 2013, titled Pope resigns: An atheist's reflections. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

On Feb. 11, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger , announced his retirement. He is the first pope in 600 years to resign from the position.

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“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#87 Feb 16, 2013
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>If they acknowledge that their pope did anything less than perfectly holy, they will be denying their god, for the pope is his, as you said "spokesweinie", and can do no wrong.
And actually he does exactly measure up to his god. Under scrutiny, the holy books fail, the god fails, and now the pope fails. How could he do any less in an age, where any cover-up is only temporary, and even they are beginning to see it.
Indeed, that is true.

It now looks like the Vatican Bank was involved with some serious money scandals too.

And Ratzy's dirty, little-boy stained fingers are all over that sh7t.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#88 Feb 16, 2013
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/world/p ...
John Paul II asks the person elected not to refuse the papacy, but to submit humbly to divine will: "God who imposes the burden will sustain him with his hand, so that he will be able to bear it.."
And amazingly this would be the same god who no longer sustains the current pope? LOL!
Indeed.

It appears that Ratzy's god has left him... without strength.

Pitiful.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#89 Feb 16, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
<quoted text>Throughout history popes have held themselves above natural law, Benedict is no different.
Well, let's just say they >>tried<< to do that-- and failed.

Always, they failed--

-- as they are, each and every one of the former popes...

.... rather....

.... more dead than not.

So much for holding themselves above natural law.

They died just like the lowliest unbelievers of the past.

“Sombrero Galaxy”

Since: Jan 10

I'm An Illegal Alien

#90 Feb 16, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, let's just say they >>tried<< to do that-- and failed.
Always, they failed--
-- as they are, each and every one of the former popes...
.... rather....
.... more dead than not.
So much for holding themselves above natural law.
They died just like the lowliest unbelievers of the past.
True, but most of them got away with their crimes against humanity. As a atheist, I do not believe in hell, but if there was a hell, most of the popes would be burning in it.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#91 Feb 16, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
<quoted text>
True, but most of them got away with their crimes against humanity. As a atheist, I do not believe in hell, but if there was a hell, most of the popes would be burning in it.
Without a doubt.

I actually think that few of these "highest of the high" leaders actually believe in the bullsh7t they feed their flocks.

By the time they make it to the top? They will have seen all the dark and dirty little secrets. Few moral's faith can withstand such, and survive.

Of course, that they continue to spout the party line, in spite of knowing it is all bull?

Says quite a bit about their morality.

... or rather, the lack of any.

Since: Mar 11

United States

#92 Feb 16, 2013
Why not just stay Pope until he died? Just don't travel and go to your window say rub a dub dub Jesus and go back to your dialysis?

He must not want to be Pope.

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#93 Feb 16, 2013
Siro

Auburn, Australia

#94 Feb 16, 2013
MrDesoto1 wrote:
Another worthless post by you, at least it matches your life value.

Go blow a donkey

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#95 Feb 16, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, let's just say they >>tried<< to do that-- and failed.
Always, they failed--
-- as they are, each and every one of the former popes...
.... rather....
.... more dead than not.
So much for holding themselves above natural law.
They died just like the lowliest unbelievers of the past.
If I owned Tulsa and Hell, I'd rent out Tulsa and live in Hell.

Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#96 Feb 16, 2013
Hey it's Dave's blushing bride! So Buck what do you and the George Burns look alike have planned for the ceremony? I hear cantankerous Dave wants to squeeze your rubenesque figure in a white wedding dress even though you were passed around prison like a blunt at a dorm party.
Buck Crick wrote:
<quoted text>
If I owned Tulsa and Hell, I'd rent out Tulsa and live in Hell.

Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#97 Feb 16, 2013
Lol! Cute!
MrDesoto1 wrote:
Siro

Ashfield, Australia

#98 Feb 16, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Iyz take dat biiiach down 2 da hood N shew muh homies Iyz doo da dawg wit hur coz iyz gangsta n sheeeiit! YO!
<quoted text>
Wazzup wigger?

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#99 Feb 16, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Hey it's Dave's blushing bride! So Buck what do you and the George Burns look alike have planned for the ceremony? I hear cantankerous Dave wants to squeeze your rubenesque figure in a white wedding dress even though you were passed around prison like a blunt at a dorm party.
<quoted text>
That's not the way the inmates tell it, GivemeLiverwurst.

You weren't there. Probably why you're so talkative,... and toothy.

Theus

Warrington, UK

#100 Feb 16, 2013
Would an atheist please tell me why someone who doesn't exist I.e God. Give him or her so much bother.

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#101 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
Would an atheist please tell me why someone who doesn't exist I.e God. Give him or her so much bother.
It's the followers that are the real problem, not the alleged god so much.

Since: Mar 11

United States

#102 Feb 16, 2013
No I unlike you made good decisions, reason is a wonderful thing like that. So you as an inmate told your cell mates to give you liverwurst? Well I guess you needed a sales pitch.

But that has nothing to do with me humiliating you on here, I would do that in person with glee and can you blame me? I mean a fatter version of Boss Hog marrying a George Burns with magnets look alike? It's classic!
Buck Crick wrote:
<quoted text>
That's not the way the inmates tell it, GivemeLiverwurst.
You weren't there. Probably why you're so talkative,... and toothy.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#103 Feb 16, 2013
emperorjohn wrote:
<quoted text>Throughout history popes have held themselves above natural law, Benedict is no different.
Odd that they'd do so as you claim, since all Popes actually died in accord with natural law.

One making your statement would assume that they'd save themselves. Guess not.
havent forgotten

Lamoni, IA

#104 Feb 16, 2013
MrDesoto1 wrote:
"This pope has been a bit of a disaster for the Catholic Church. While it was pretty well known that Catholic priests have been sexually assaulting minors for a long time, the scandal really erupted during Ratzinger’s reign. Plus, his involvement in covering up these crimes prior to pope-hood and his continued obstruction of justice around the world as pope has been devastating. If that wasn’t enough, his lame attempts to blame atheism, gays, and the media didn’t help his legacy.
The Pope has been particularly vocal in his attacks on atheists. His comical attempt to reach out to atheists called, the “Courtyard of the Gentiles” was a complete failure. Then he had the audacity to associate modern atheism with the Nazis. And just a few months ago during the Winter Solstice season, the Pope tweeted that atheists deny human dignity. How’s that for spreading good will?"
After this epic failure, will we see any big changes?
Who will be the next man to wear the fabulous, chiffon-lined Dior gold lame gown over a silk Vera Wang empire waist tulle cocktail dress, accessorized with a 3-foot beaded peaked House of Whoville hat, and the ruby slippers that Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of OZ, while telling everyone it's wrong to be Gay?
It was handy for those of us who are critical of most of Catholic doctrine and practice when there was such a horrible man as Pope. I called him Pope Ratty, and felt like apologizing to the rat in wind in the willows! I do think there is a small group of very decent Catholics who are called liberation theology types. It is my understanding that before he was Pope, ratty was head of the holy inquisition (how unholy a thing to be called that) and that he clamped down on liberation theology types in the church.

I really get disgusted when travel tv shows all the socalled great cathedrals, and I think of the poor who were robbed to pay for it, and the nonsense they were compelled to believe.

Luckily there are lots of decent lay persons who are Catholic without being intensely rightwing or Roman or deferential. Even some good Catholics in politics - good persons who are Catholics I mean - not the true believing subservient ones.
Dan

Omaha, NE

#105 Feb 16, 2013
Theus wrote:
Would an atheist please tell me why someone who doesn't exist I.e God. Give him or her so much bother.
They're like reformed smokers.

They have a psychological compulsion to tell everyone how smart they are, and conversely, how dumb their audience is for not thinking like them.
Theus

Warrington, UK

#106 Feb 16, 2013
MrDesoto1 wrote:
<quoted text>
It's the followers that are the real problem, not the alleged god so much.
.

That sounds like a comment from Stalin or Hitler

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