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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:19 AM

Can you imagine the political chaos at the Vatican about now?

I often think back to The Godfather, Part 3 I think. Those guys are vicious and I doubt the story line was completely made up. I think the Pope has been forced to resign, the backlash of the pedophilia is enormous and he is not handling it well. Perhaps there is some dementia but this old man is tired and is not making intelligent decisions. I'm also suspecting the Vatican would like attention turned to getting a new Pope, a distraction from the pedophilia news. I also suspect the next Pope will be Italian (not Berlusconi...LOL)...

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Reply Can you imagine the political chaos at the Vatican about now? (Original post)
monmouth3 Feb 2013 OP
JaneyVee Feb 2013 #1
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #3
RKP5637 Feb 2013 #5
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #6
RKP5637 Feb 2013 #9
Jackpine Radical Feb 2013 #15
yardwork Feb 2013 #16
RZM Feb 2013 #20
Ninga Feb 2013 #2
el_bryanto Feb 2013 #4
Renew Deal Feb 2013 #7
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #8
HereSince1628 Feb 2013 #10
FSogol Feb 2013 #14
randome Feb 2013 #18
HereSince1628 Feb 2013 #23
MADem Feb 2013 #28
MADem Feb 2013 #11
Kath1 Feb 2013 #12
MADem Feb 2013 #19
Kath1 Feb 2013 #22
starroute Feb 2013 #26
MADem Feb 2013 #29
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #13
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #17
B2G Feb 2013 #21
Johonny Feb 2013 #25
PasadenaTrudy Feb 2013 #24
uriel1972 Feb 2013 #27

Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:22 AM

1. He holds the dark secrets of the church in his possession. All of them.

Maybe it finally became too much to bare any longer?

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:26 AM

3. The political machinations in the Vatican make Dems and Repubs look like schoolboys. It is a very

vicious and nasty process. I doubt it will take long in naming a new Pope. Most likely it has already been decided. Again, I'm just speculating but I've been Catholic for too long..LOL..

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:30 AM

5. Weren't some popes assassinated eons ago in power plays? n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:31 AM

6. Absolutely. Read about the Medici era. Made for the movies for sure..n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:35 AM

9. Thanks! n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:10 AM

15. Maybe not just eons ago.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:11 AM

16. Cough cough. Maybe just decades ago....

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:28 AM

20. Sometimes they dished it out too

 

On their rivals within the church and in Italian politics/family wars.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:25 AM

2. He was the one person who held all the files of the pedophiles, BEFORE he was elected. n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:29 AM

4. I can imagine it -but mostly like a benny hill sketch with interesting hats.

I guess that's probably not what it's actually like.

Bryant

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:32 AM

7. "I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me."

Who helped him realize this and when did the realization take place?

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:33 AM

8. I'm speculating a "sit-down" after dinner last evening...n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:36 AM

10. Protocol offices around the world want to know "What is the title of a zombie pope?"

It's been 'deceased' for about 600 years. This one is still walking.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:08 AM

14. Lame Duck Pope? His Retired Holiness?

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Response to FSogol (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:13 AM

18. Prior Pope.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:57 AM

23. former popeliness?

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:11 PM

28. His Holiness....the Pooped!!! (Impossible to resist...) nt

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:36 AM

11. Wonder what the pension plan is like?

The Canadians are hoping the next one will be from their neck o'the woods...!

Edit to add Canadian details --

The 85-year-old German-born Pope will officially step down on Feb. 28, and a replacement will chosen by a conclave by the end of March. Among his possible successors are Cardinal Angelo Scola, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, and Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet.
Ouellet, previously the archbishop of Quebec and currently the head of the Vaticanís office for bishops, is currently considered the best bet to replace Benedict.
Online betting site Paddy Power has Ouellet at 5/2 odds to become the next Pope. Cardinal Francis Arinze, of Nigeria, is the potential successor considered next more likely to get the promotion, at 3/1 odds.
Yeah, you read that right. You can gamble on who will become the next Pope.


http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/pope-benedict-xvi-retires-canadian-replace-him-140320686.html

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Response to MADem (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:08 AM

12. Much better than mine, I would assume!

The Vatican has a lot of problems. One of them is that most American Catholics, especially women, support such outrageous positions as universal health care under the Obama plan, gay rights, and - OMG! - allowing females to become priests.

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Response to Kath1 (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:26 AM

19. I'm wondering where they'll stash him--will he go to some monastery in Germany?

They can't really move him down the hall to the guest room, or shove him in the summer house, unless he has gotten a terminal diagnosis and knows he's on a short leash.

Most American Catholics are the "cafeteria" variety. That's obvious based on family size. Sixty years ago, a "small" Catholic family was five or six kids. Nowadays, a large family is three or four. It ain't rocket science, and I doubt that families are "more disciplined" or have a better grasp of the rhythm method than they did back in the dark ages.

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Response to MADem (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:47 AM

22. That would be my guess.

And, yes, American Catholics have been ignoring the Vatican on contraception for a long time and the majority of Catholic women support reproductive healthcare services.

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Response to MADem (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:45 PM

26. Arinze is already 80

After Benedict, I can't see them going with another short-termer.

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Response to starroute (Reply #26)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:12 PM

29. Yeah, unload him straight off. There is a guy from Ghana in the running, and a Brazilian, too. nt

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:00 AM

13. You've hit some nails on the head monmouth3

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:12 AM

17. Haha, thanks.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:30 AM

21. Hoiw long has the pedophile thing been going on?

Years, no? So why resign *now*?

Dude's 86. If he can't handle it, it's best to step down. Popeing is hard work.

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Response to B2G (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:24 PM

25. I agree

I doubt a scandal that happened long before he was in office has anything to do with it. It was always assumed he was going to be a short term pope due to his age.

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:03 PM

24. Can't wait

to watch Bill Maher this week, and to see what he tweets!

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Response to monmouth3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:49 PM

27. It does my black, atheist heart good to chortle at the misfortunes

of one of the One True Churches... chortle, chortle, chortle.

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