Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:17 PM
joeybee12 (54,502 posts)
Pope's brother: Pontiff was troubled by butler's revelations
Pope Benedict XVI was troubled by "some great challenges" during his time in office -- including allegations of corruption within the church that were illegally exposed by his former butler and his relationship with a controversial Catholic brotherhood -- the pontiff’s brother said Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in Germany, Georg Ratzinger said the pope was “doing relatively well” and his announcement Monday that he was going to stand down had not had an effect on his health.
On Monday, Benedict, 85, explained his resignation, saying that the papacy required “strength of mind and body” and his had deteriorated in recent months. On Tuesday, the Vatican acknowledged for the first time that the pope has had a pacemaker for years and that its battery was replaced a few months ago in secret, Reuters reported.
“But you notice that the aging process impacts body and soul, and especially on his strength," Ratzinger said Tuesday. "And he thinks that with a reduced workload he couldn't carry on this great responsibility, that a younger person is needed to capture the problems of today's time and who has the power to do what has to be done.”
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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:59 PM
longship (33,371 posts)
8. Jeeves and Wooster!!
Hugh Laurie (aka House, MD) and Stephen Fry (aka Gordon Dietrich in V for Vendetta).
Here's a taste:
Plus, there's always the original by P. G. Wodehouse.
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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:55 PM
Cleita (75,480 posts)
7. In the long run it might be a beneficial move.
It will set a precedent for subsequent Popes to retire before they become senile old bags of bones propped up by their staffs.