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VATICAN CITY (Reuters)- - An Italian priest set fire to a photo of Pope Benedict during Sunday Mass in protest against his abdication, telling a shocked congregation that the former pontiff had abandoned his flock.
"It was wonderful," the Rev. Andrea Maggi from Santo Stefano Protomartire church in the small northern village of Castel Vittorio, told La Repubblica daily, defending his act.
Before starting the homily, the priest took the photo of the pope and he said “this is not a pope, this is not a shepherd, he abandoned his flock," Orengo said, adding that Maggi then used a candle flame set alight the photo of Benedict.
Orengo said he would inform Church authorities about the incident, adding that Maggi was going through a "fragile" time from a psychological point of view.
Originally posted by silo13
I don't care if the Pope was old, infirm, whatever the 'excuse' - he abandoned his people, his 'flock'.
Ratzinger is blind in one eye and losing sight in the other ... he's falling down all over the Vatican .. he's falling out of bed ... his blood pressure is uncontrollable and through the roof .. he isn't allowed to travel via airplane anymore due to his failed health .. the dude is OLD and his body needs rest.
And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.
16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
Maybe Benedict did the right thing and those others were wrong?
Gosh Silo13, I usually agree with you, but really what it seems you're saying is that Benedict shouldn't have stepped down in spite of him no longer wanting to perform the required duties of the pope, in spite of him being physically and mentally incapable of doing the job of the pope; come hell or high water he should have stayed where he was put.
This is part of the world’s problem, doing things a certain way because that's the way “they’ve always been done” and in spite of them being downright incompetent, ineffective and plain old wrong.