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#1 baddmammajamma

Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

Not news you expect to see!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/world/europe....html?hpt=hp_t1

Will be interesting to see the speculation on the "why" (as I'm sure some people will not believe it's due to "advanced age").

Edited by baddmammajamma, 11 February 2013 - 09:50 PM.


#2 jaskat

Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

Wow!  He'll be the first in nearly 600 years to see the smoke.....  As to why?  Getting in first before someone bumped him off?

#3 Justaduck

Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:57 PM

So the end of the world is nigh?

Some prophet (who is apparently spot on with a lot of things) predicted there would only be two further popes after John Paul II


Edited by broncosbabe, 11 February 2013 - 09:57 PM.


#4 Lagom

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

Wow.  oomg.gif

#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

Well I hope he doesn't expect a pension! Fancy retiring, we should all work until we die according to some.

Of course without being privy to whatever pressures may be at play within the Church, if he has chosen to go simply because of advanced age and that he feels he can't effectively do the job, then I think that is admirable.

#6 olikat03

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

QUOTE (broncosbabe @ 11/02/2013, 09:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So the end of the world is nigh?

Some prophet (who is apparently spot on with a lot of things) predicted there would only be two further popes after John Paul II


After just reading the OP i said exactly the same thing as you did, to DH. I remember reading about a prophet and something about the pope fleeing the Vatican because of controversy

The END IS NIGH.  dev (6).gif

#7 baddmammajamma

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 11/02/2013, 11:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Of course without being privy to whatever pressures may be at play within the Church, if he has chosen to go simply because of advanced age and that he feels he can't effectively do the job, then I think that is admirable.


I agree with that, if he is in fact worried that he can't perform his role properly.

However, since Popes tend to "retire to the Pearly Gates," I can't help but wonder if there is something more in play here.



#8 I'm Batman

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:08 PM

I have read more pope jokes in the last 2 mins then I've read all year,

brace yourselves.

I believe he has cited advanced age. Its better then losing your faculties on the job.

Anyone else waiting for Queen Elizabeth to step down? Now might be the time.

Edited by I'm Batman, 11 February 2013 - 10:09 PM.


#9 Reshad

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:08 PM

St Malachy said it would happen ......

#10 qak

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:08 PM

I thought he had been publicly noted as suffering symptoms of old age ...so you really think it is some sort of conspiracy?

#11 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:11 PM

Yes, me too BMJ.

#12 Let_it_Rain

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:11 PM

I suspect dementia.

I am not religious, but good on him and the church for recognising the need for him to step down.

I see if being an interesting couple of months with conspiracy theories and the end of world prophecies coming out.

Will Peter be the next pope?

Edited by WinterDancesHere, 11 February 2013 - 10:13 PM.


#13 BadCat

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:12 PM

QUOTE (broncosbabe @ 11/02/2013, 10:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So the end of the world is nigh?

Some prophet (who is apparently spot on with a lot of things) predicted there would only be two further popes after John Paul II


I'm quaking in my boots.  laughing2.gif

He's probably getting senile.  Either that or he's tired of having his ring kissed.

Edited by O TheHugeManatee, 11 February 2013 - 10:14 PM.


#14 Reshad

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

Tom Horn was the main guest on Coast to Coast AM on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Horn, author of “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here”, is well known for his research into Bible prophecy and appeared on the show to discuss the 900-year old Catholic prophecy which states the next pope will pave the path for the anti-Christ.

Horn began by recounting the story of the prophecy:

Approximately 900 years ago, Pope Innocent II summoned Saint Malachy,  a popular archbishop, to Rome to update the Vatican on the status of  Malachy's Northern Ireland diocese. Malachy made the arduous journey  from Northern Ireland to Italy and gave his full report.

As he was leaving Rome to return to his church he had what he  described as a “frenzied vision.” In this vision, Malachy was given the  descriptive information of every pope that would ever exist, beginning  with Pope Innocent II all the way to the final pope, Pope Petrus  Romanus.

Malachy's vision tallied 112 popes, ending with Pope Petrus Romanus, and the current pope, Pope Benedict XVI, is number 111, which means there will only be one more pope.

Whether we choose to believe in the prophecy or not, states Horn,  “It's historic in the sense that we have this medieval prophecy and the  very next pope will be the last one on the list.”

When host, George Noory, asked Horn the significance of the prophecy  and the last pope, Horn explained the prophecy states this final pope  will be the pope who leads the church into the great Tribulation.



#15 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

I find his lack of faith disturbing.




(I wish I could take credit for that one, but it actually came from Jip's FB page.)

#16 Feral_Pooks

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Well I guess people live longer these days,and sometimes ill health, dementia, etc can set in for a good decade before people pop their clogs. In the past people would have died quicker and younger and without blasted tv cameras making it obvious the pope wasn't doing so great, so a modern pope has a lot more to deal with getting in the way of just waiting til the good Lord beams him up. Speaking of modern popes, let's hope the next one IS one.

#17 olikat03

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:43 PM

QUOTE (Reshad @ 11/02/2013, 10:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
St Malachy said it would happen ......


I find this stuff interesting and read about this years ago. And find it funny that its all happening. The doomsdayers will be out in force now stocking up on their ammunition and their rice and beans  laugh.gif

#18 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:47 PM

For goodness sake, the man is 85 years old. Give him a break. Conspiracy theories already EB?

#19 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:54 PM

Maybe he's just fed up with the job.

#20 olikat03

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:06 PM

QUOTE (Old Grey Mare @ 11/02/2013, 10:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For goodness sake, the man is 85 years old. Give him a break. Conspiracy theories already EB?

Always up for a good Conspiracy theory keeps things interesting. Im looking forward to all the pope memes in the coming weeks on facebook  dev (6).gif

Edited by olikat03, 11 February 2013 - 11:07 PM.


#21 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:07 PM

He's the first pope to resign in 600 years so it is not business as usual in the Vatican.



#22 belindarama

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:42 PM

Maybe he is too frail. Maybe not. He was the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith under JPII and was responsible for collating information about every child sex case in the church. He had a vault where all of this information was placed.

He knows a lot about what went on in terms of covering up child sex offenses.  It would be nice if the church could just come clean and acknowledge the wrongs perpetuated on the victims in these cases. I think the time for covering things up and hoping for the best is long past and the way forward is a full confession, as it were. If this is related to the Pope's former position it is either getting him out of the way for further covering up or to remove a link to the old regime of covering up. I really hope it is the latter.

On a lighter note, I don't believe in any doomsday predictions but I do find that Malachy sort of stuff gives me the heebie jeebies somehow!



#23 BadCat

Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:33 AM

Maybe the Great Tribulation will be the release of all the information they are covering up about child sex abuse and other crimes of the church and will result in the utter destruction of the catholic church, thus making the next guy the last pope.

Hell, maybe they'll actually elect someone who is a decent and honest man and he will lay low the church all by himself by releasing details of their crimes.  Someone who will use their massive wealth to assist those living in poverty in practical ways like churches are supposed to do instead of urging them to pray and produce more children that they can't afford while the church sits on it bloated treasury fondling it's golden vestments.

Yeah, like that'd ever happen.

#24 Peppery

Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:00 AM

QUOTE (Balzac @ 12/02/2013, 12:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He's the first pope to resign in 600 years so it is not business as usual in the Vatican.


Exactly - I am really shocked

#25 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:42 AM

Obligatory pope memes...
http://mashable.com/2013/02/11/pope-resigns-memes/






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