Dan...you may be joking or goofing around with me with your postings nevertheless, after awhile it does get stale and nothing is really being accomplished. But if by chance you are having major doubts about the Roman Catholic Church and your faith, sadly you are not alone. Then again, I'm not the one you should be talking too or asking questions.<quoted text>
What sad story do I know about Pope Benedict?
I'm not in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church anymore Dan. The last time I was at Mass was sometimes last October. According to the Catholic Church teachings I will always be a Catholic because of all those special spiritual imprint marks from the Sacraments I got plus the 50 plus years of being in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
But in my eyes the truth is...I have left the Roman Catholic Church.
If I do not go to confession soon and confess my sins, especially my MORTAL sins, I'm putting my soul in danger and hell may await me after my death. All the teachings and rules are in your Holy Roman Catholic Church Catechism.
I may add, I already taken steps, after I died that I will have a wake and will be cremated but there will be no Catholic Mass or Catholic burial.
I don't miss going to the Church building. As of now, I do somewhat have a personal relationship with Jesus. There is no need for me to go to a Church building to experience God's love.
Finally, I can't do your homework or research of Benedict XVI for you Dan. Your the one who needs to do this.
Good luck with your own spiritual journey.