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Originally posted by cjttatu
Just looks like a nice piece of spin,he's about to die,hhmmm how to draw some attention,
Ha resignation hasn't been done in a while,won't cause damage,job done
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
Originally posted by TrueBrit
What can one say to this staggering piece of news? How can one actually articulate the emotions that such information inspires?
WOOOOOHOOOOOOO! YES YES YES YES I LOVE IT!
That might do it.
I couldnt be happier. I mean, short of the entire Vatican being wiped off the map by an act of God, I cannot see how the news could be better.
I'm with you!
Originally posted by silo13
The television stations (here in Sicily/Italy) are all running ‘Special’ News reports with lots of mixed reactions.
[SNIP]...Me also. I’m going to spend some time poking around history and prophecies to see if there’s any significance to Feb. 28th 20:00.
edit on 11-2-2013 by silo13 because: fix type o
Originally posted by Korg Trinity
Originally posted by McGinty
Originally posted by Korg Trinity....What we need to find out is who or what has him by the balls?
Old age has him by the balls, i imagine!
Given that he would be the first pope to resign due to old age in 600 years, wouldn't that make him a coward?
Perhaps he has lost his marbles and not be able to conduct any business. then he would retire to the vatican and be ill as long as it takes for him to pass....
Not resign and raise more questions over faith.
If his actions truly are motivated by age then he is a selfish thoughtless individual.
If however he was given no choice then he is just as cowardly for not comming out and saying so to the public directly as is possible.
Originally posted by Zerschmetterling He was forced back then, just like everybody else. Comply or die, 2 choices.
Originally posted by Jakes51
Something does not sit right with me about this recent announcement by Pope Benedict and the announcement of his abrupt resignation. As others have mentioned, tradition has it that this particular position is one a man holds until death. Most recently, the last Pope, John Paul II, was riddled with Parkinson's Disease and could barely move on his own without assistance from others, but carried out his duties until that final day. Yet, his predecessor is still able-bodied and capabable of carrying out his duties.
Now, do not get me wrong, because I realize he was elected at an advanced age, but for all intended purposes his role as Pontiff should remain.
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
reply to post by NavyDoc
Yes, but imho, and according to my own spiritual discernment, the Roman Catholic Church of modern times i.e. through the 20th century to the present, has been used or utilized for ulterior motives and a hidden agenda, to actually contain Christ and to bracket him, while allowing, via all manner of corruption, a permissive framework of evil to hold sway, and if some reports are to believed, active engagement in ritualized evil at the highest levels of the church hierarchy which may very well have been responsible in no small degree for the massive global phenomenon of child sex abuse.
Thus, to witness the rolling of the head (even voluntarily as a self decapitation), is not unlike the rolling of the stone by which the spirit of Christ is Liberated, set free to freely reign and to come and go without constraint or hindrance, set free for the sake of freedom that we might also come to freely love one another as we are loved
In such a framework Christ himself is then free to re-enter the church, you see, and so it's a wise act of courage on his part, to say, in effect, forgive me, it's back over to Christ who won the war whereby love conquors all.
This is about the person of Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict), not in the least, that's not the witch I'm referring to, but to something else much more fundamental, enough to persuade me that the Catholic Church is no longer at odds with itself, no longer a house divided, and thus the kind of place that anyone can feel free to freely enter and to come and go - it's like the doors flung open - to cheers and celebration.
I admire his act of courage and I pray for him, and ask him for his prayers too! Serious.
So it's not that you thought, my joyful celebration as a Christian of deep faith and personal experience.
It's a good day for the sake of the real and authentic church of Jesus Christ who is the body of all believers, and even unbelievers too (regardless of what they might believe). It's a day of spiritual liberation for none other than the spirit of Christ himself, imho.
Best Regards and God Bless,
ATS, February 11th, 2013.