posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 08:26 AM
I just spoke with a dear friend who happens to be a Roman Catholic Priest in a major US City. I asked him about the potential for a huge scandal
serving as the catalyst for the resignation. He said that it is absolutely a possibility but was doubtful the public would ever hear about it.
We then reviewed the long form statement line by line. One thing that he found strange was the following
I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome
The use of renounce instead of resign or similar was something my Priest friend found to be strange.
From the statement and surrounding events, he would not rule out the following as possible reasons for the Pope resigning:
(1) Something resulting from the sensitive materials that the Papal butler stole (note the Pope pardoned the Papal butler)
(2) A major scandal from the past directly implicating the Pope
(3) Alzheimer's disease (based on the portions of the statement related directly to health)
Thought all of you might be interested in this.