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Originally posted by antar
reply to post by theAnswer1111
Edit for this:
Here are a few popes who resigned:
Pope Benedict IX in 1045:
St. Peter Damian is alleged to have described him as "feasting on immorality"; the anti-papal historian Ferdinand Gregorovius wrote that in Benedict, "a demon from hell in the disguise of a priest... occupied the chair of Peter and profaned the sacred mysteries of religion by his insolent courses.
Pope Gregory VI in 1046:
He was also the godfather of Pope Benedict IX, who was foisted on the papacy by his powerful family, the Theophylacti, counts of Tusculum, at the age of twenty. Benedict IX, wishing to marry and vacate the position into which he had been thrust by his family, consulted his godfather as to whether he could resign the supreme pontificate. When he was convinced that he might do so, he offered to give up the papacy into the hands of his godfather for a large sum of money. Desirous of ridding the See of Rome of such an unworthy pontiff, John Gratian paid him the money and was recognized as Pope in his stead.
Pope St. Celestine V in 1294
Celestine V was not allowed to remain in solitude, however. His successor Pope Boniface VIII sent for him, and finally, despite the former pope's desperate attempts to escape, captured him and imprisoned him in the castle of Fumone near Ferentino in Campagna where, after languishing for 10 months in infected air, he died on 19 May 1296. Some historians[who?] believe Boniface might have had him murdered, a belief partly based on a hole found in the pope´s skull.
Pope Gregory XII in 1415
Originally posted by Korg Trinity
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by Korg Trinity
Don't think i was missing the point, it was a light hearted comment about an 85 year old leaving his job. He looked decrepit when he took the job on - is it any surprise that several down the years he is feeling the strain?
To be honest though, i do not care either way. Catholicism means absolutely nothing to me so they could promote Barney the Dinosaur to Pope for all i care.
Again you miss the point. Catholicism may mean nothing to you but it means a whole lot to more than 1.2 billion at current estimates. Now given that those 1.2 billion people follow the words of just one man and you might see how powerfull a position the POPE is in.
Now take that position and put someone in it that is say influenced by the Powers that BE.... And you have just bought yourself 1 seventh of the entire planets souls and actions.
A hell of a lot more power than say the president of the US of A.....
111 Glory of the olive. Benedict XVI (2005–2013) Joseph Ratzinger Chose the regnal name Benedict after St Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order. The order's crest contains an olive branch.
112 Peter the Roman, who will Nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end.