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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:17 PM

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.”

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/12/16936793-popes-brother-pontiff-was-troubled-by-butlers-revelations?lite

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joeybee12 Feb 2013 OP
Berlum Feb 2013 #1
Jersey Devil Feb 2013 #2
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Guy Whitey Corngood Feb 2013 #4
longship Feb 2013 #8
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #9
Brickbat Feb 2013 #3
Ikonoklast Feb 2013 #5
kairos12 Feb 2013 #6
Cleita Feb 2013 #7
Smilo Feb 2013 #10

Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:20 PM

1. Planet Earth TROUBLED by Pope & Vatican Cronies

...I'm just sayin...

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:31 PM

2. You gotta feel sorry for a guy whose butler turns on him

Jeeves would never do that to me!

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Response to Jersey Devil (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:39 PM

4. .

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Response to Jersey Devil (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:59 PM

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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Response to longship (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:47 PM

9. Fantastic!

Wish I could rec that!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:35 PM

3. It's so hard to find good help these days.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:43 PM

5. Fish rotting from the head comes to mind...

The RCC is the largest ongoing criminal enterprise on the face of this planet.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:51 PM

6. The Pope has a butler?

Is this a Monty Python Movie? Life of Brian, I Mean Jeeves.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:55 PM

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.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:48 PM

10. What do you mean

"before they become senile old bags of bones propped up by their staffs."

It looks like that is almost a requisite for being appointed.

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