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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:12 AM

In emotional farewell pope says he resigned for good of Church

Source: Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict bid an emotional farewell at his last general audience on Wednesday, saying he understood the gravity of his decision to become the first pontiff to resign in 600 years but that he had done it for the good of the Roman Catholic Church.

Addressing an estimated 150,000 people in St Peter's Square the day before he steps down, Benedict said his crisis-hit papacy had included moments of joy but also difficulty when, "It seemed like the Lord was sleeping."

Sitting on an ivory colored throne on the steps of St Peter's Basilica and frequently interrupted by applause from the crowd, the pontiff said: "There were moments when the waters were choppy and there were headwinds."

When he finished his speech the crowd, including many red-hatted cardinals, stood to clap.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/huge-crowd-st-peters-square-popes-last-audience-092643759.html

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Reply In emotional farewell pope says he resigned for good of Church (Original post)
onehandle Feb 2013 OP
Botany Feb 2013 #1
global1 Feb 2013 #2
FailureToCommunicate Feb 2013 #3
Kelvin Mace Feb 2013 #4
graegoyle Feb 2013 #5
Dryvinwhileblind Feb 2013 #6
bitchkitty Feb 2013 #7

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:20 AM

1. How many pedophiles did Pope Benny help to hide?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:24 AM

2. "It Seemed Like The Lord Was Sleeping" - Really......

He's blaming this on the Lord?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:26 AM

3. "It seemed like the Lord was sleeping." No Benny, the Lord wasn't the problem...

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:09 AM

4. Now he compares himself to Jesus

"He said he was not "coming down from the cross" but would serve the Church through prayer."

If ever a person deserved to be nailed up to two pieces of wood...

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:37 AM

5. Instead of taking action to right any wrongs...

...I will retire from my ordained position and do nothing about anything.

Why is the church still supported by so many people? You do not need a church to pray.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:56 AM

6. Now, if the Church would resign, already...for the good of the People, especially the little ones.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:46 AM

7. Sounds like a crisis of faith.

But there's more to it, I am sure. Popes don't resign because they're tired.

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