originally posted by: Freeborn
a reply to: sirric
Why will Francis 'retire'?
Francis appears relatively healthy so there is nothing to suggest any retirement will be due to medical considerations.
If he does 'resign' precedence would suggest that he will have been 'encouraged' to do so.
So is Benedict!
There are much deeper roots than what surfaces in MSM.
My guess behind the half-talks of Francis that he may also follow Benedict if his reform doesn't succeed (said a year ago or so). First of all it is
the reform itself. By now it is practically dead.
There might be something much bigger than the reform of centuries old rotten institutions. Let speculate.
What happens if the long awaited ET contact occurs overnight? One day it will occur, and we were prepared for decades by countles Sci Fi books and
movies, and by more serious but less detailed scientists who appear on conferences TV and now on youtube. Vatican in the last 5 years held 2
conferences about the exo-planetary life, one during Benedict's reign and one during Francis' reign. They went largely unnoticed except for the highly
specialized auditory of scientists and people who care.
If tomorrow we have a daylight manifestation of the first public contact, the pope should take stance on that. He should say that actually the Bible
talked about that, starting with Genesis, going through Ezekiel 1, and ending up with Jesus' ascension "in a cloud" with presented nearby two
extraterrestrials "angels" men clothed in white without wings. The pope must announce the bigger picture known to the elders all the time. That will
be the end of the fundamental paradigm (that is NOT a Dogma!), and a new beginning for those who want an updated model of Christianity - both as
theory and practice.
If Francis wants to do something more to be remembered better in history, as being apparently the last pope in the traditional list, he still could.
For example he could appoint several open minded cardinals who don't need to be even priests, and who know what it is all about. Like Erich von
Could Francis go beyond "baptizing green Martians" or he will just resign, shortly before or on the very day of the ET contact?
Of course other issues could motivate the resignation of the last pope in Malachi's list. Such as social injustice, immigration waves, and the
increased possibility of a world conflict. The problem for the top Vatican servants, including the pope himself, is they appear to be in the knowing
team opposite to the 7 bln people kept in the dark. Each of these revelations the day it happens, will render obsolete the system that ran for
millenia that saw the majority of world population in the place of survival during their entire lifespan. Someone should pay for it. Not necessarily
Francis who is a newcomer to these structures. But they cannot go without change, with :business as usual" when the world is being shaken after the
next financial scandal and sits on the brink of destruction with several major ways to be done. Popes are responsible. If they fail to do it, then it
is better to leave. Even if the entire see of Rome should leave to somewhere else and start it all anew. Why not to Latin America
6-4-2016 by 2012newstart because: (no reason given)