Ratzinger Resigns – First Pope To Quit Since 1415

Nearly 600 years have elapsed since a sitting Roman Catholic Pope last resigned. As accustomed as we are to Vatican intrigue, one wonders if the official story of Pope Benedict’s deteriorating health is the real reason that the man formerly known as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger is on his way out. From Sky News:

Pope Benedict XVI is to resign on February 28 due to his “deteriorating” health.

He will be the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to resign in almost 600 years, with his departure expected to leave the post vacant for around three weeks.

The 85-year-old German’s resignation letter said: “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

“I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

“However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me.”

He will step down after almost eight years in the post, having been elected in April 2005…

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15 Comments on "Ratzinger Resigns – First Pope To Quit Since 1415"

  1. Sources within the Ratzinger family said the Pope was heard to say he wanted to “spend more time with the kids”….

  2. Antediluviancurrent | Feb 11, 2013 at 9:44 am |

    One pope to go!

  3. disqus_UBHdmZN5lc | Feb 11, 2013 at 11:32 am |

    I reckon they were on to that perverted child rapist. Wonder if the next one will continue to run the world pedophile network? Honestly, would you leave your kids with that creepy old child porn collector?

  4. Although I am atheist, but THANKS GOD!!!!

  5. The reptilians seem to be quiting their jobs in droves recently. Something’s definitely up!

  6. cakey pig | Feb 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm |

    kthxbai pop

  7. The next Pope will be appointed by the Cardinals, who were in themselves appointed by Ratzinger and his predecessor Wojtyla. This is a system designed to resist reform from generational turnover. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next Pope is someone dirty enough that the Cardinals can trust him not to turn them over to law enforcement agencies.

  8. Perhaps there is something to those papers his butler revealed.

  9. Incoming fundamentalist christian bandwagon for Peter the Roman.

  10. Calypso_1 | Feb 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm |

    “due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”

    So Peter Piper can no longer pick a peck of pickled peppers.

  11. VaudeVillain | Feb 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm |

    So now we’re left to question: was this done for the entirely reasonable stated motivations, or for some other reason?

    On the one hand, we have an old man who has expressed repeatedly that he would resign if the job of being the Pope became too challenging for him, forecasting his own hypothetical resignation even prior to being elected to his position. In that light, this announcement is unsurprising and controversial only in that so few Popes have seen fit to do something which seems rather responsible.

    On the other hand, we can speculate wildly about any number of topics. Maybe the martians made him do it. Or the Masons. Ooh, he could be a subterranean lizard-person! Or maybe he’s just afraid that Elvis and John Lennon will out him as the pedophile who murdered Paul McCartney and replaced him with a doppelganger!!! This hand is, obviously, a lot more fun.

  12. This goes to show that nothing absolutely NOTHING is written
    on stone or is “til death do us apart” of sorts , if there was a
    “god” it would have shaken the
    heavens in reply to some absurd request: “can I step down?” This confirms that there is no super natural
    being or at least the way the “church” imposed the world to believe for
    so long!

    We “the common folk”, fear our boss, wife, the tax
    collector, high gas prices, and other worldly matters. Nevertheless there are
    those who know about the “tricks of the trade” and wouldn’t think twice about
    any –for us , “the believers”- silly ,
    life-changing, fearless, challenging, etc, blah, yada, decision as that of “the
    pope”. Why? Because as it has always been for millennia, it is all in your
    head, what is wrong with locking yourself in your bedroom and later emerge ”enlightened”
    or devil-worshipping after … talking to ourselves, and guess what this talking
    to ourselves and getting our own answers has a name today: schizophrenia.

    There is no hesitation, no punishment for disobedience, what? Of course
    not, there is nothing to fear, other wise we would had thought about it twice.

    Oh what an honest man, so strong, so self-conscious, so up
    front, some say, BS! What are you
    talking about! Your leaving the HOly CatHolIc ChUrch not a franchise! What aren’t
    you up to the challenge! You know what I don’t feel too good today, I’m going
    to call in sick, just see your pay check
    or wait until you get a review to find out what the “company” thinks
    about your poor performance and how they all think you have become a liability and expensive to the business.

    There is no doubt, we have some creator-vacationing somewhere
    out there yes-, but not as such as portrayed by any religion, these groups as
    we all know just go about trying to get “us ” fools” to sponsor
    their lost quests. We can rest assured
    that in the end what matters is what “we” as people, as individuals want
    in life , no not even this is acceptable, because we h ave already een brain
    washed all our lives. “They “ –religions and corporations= society, make /made
    us think that we are in charge, we couldn’t be further from the truth!

    Mankind is bound to some melodramatic moral-fearing based rules.

    This month we just witnessed a resignation! Yes a member of
    the board stepping down to say the
    least. Can we do that too?, can we just quit!, retire, leave, change our mind,
    NO! there are penalties for us, we are called people who lack strength, no will
    power, weak, boring, with no feeling, heartbreakers, you name it.

    We as a people have given religions as well as
    other institutions, groups, etc. a certain unwanted, involuntary authority throughout
    the years and these have done nothing but manipulate us, they held our inner
    most and most valuable gifts such
    as free will, our dreams, hopes, wishes, desires, self-esteem, whatever LOVE
    may be known as, compassion, etc. hostage and drained the heck out of us thru fear and pity. We at some point were free, but
    there will always be those who take advantage in the name of …whatever, they will never “let us off our leash” they
    consider us scum and denigrate humanity as a whole. We are the guinea pigs, we
    try their foods, drugs, chemicals, we are grown and dread according to their
    needs, Please leave us alone! Or you know what, why don’t you come to our side
    of the street and try , use, wear, drink, eat, smell, all the crap you don’t do
    and watch us do to see how you feel about it. Oh, you don’t do that anymore,
    you have been resurrected, awakened,
    etc.You pretend to be “following the plan of the creator” are you talking to
    yourself again?

    With everything you’ve done in thousands plus years, it is
    time you leave the human race alone, we need no guide to understand feelings,
    emotions, we are opening our eyes and though still blurry, we start to see some
    shapes and shadows. There is no hell nor lost souls, just a bunch of people on
    a rock going about the universe trying to get the load of your mysteries”
    and attached philosophies and relics from our backs. You are just like anyone
    of us, but you can’t help getting the fun out of hockey, a burger, a cool
    breeze on a summer night and falling in love with the cashier of the corner
    store. You had to go about your “the world is mine” syndrome! Isn’t
    this what Dr. Evil was trying to get across?

    Are the supposed owners of the world making this move to “fulfill
    the prophecy “? Our imagination can /does run wild.

    Stop making up wars, why don’t you sit down and tell “them”
    you want cheap gas but don’t want to pay for it just make a profit. Does the
    world have to be all cookie cutter politics and
    t.v. show like? We have a dab boy list, haven’t we set the example long
    ago? Look at your “enemy” neighbour, immigrant, etc. in the eye, are we all the
    same? Will we let the corporations, governments, religions, etc. make us
    believe this is how life is supposed to be?

    all colours, voices and hears unite! We are being farmed and framed, will it ever

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