The Pope retires

Pope Benedict is the first Pope to retire in nearly 600 years

Pope Benedict XVI has announced his retirement. The decision was made public during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, where the Pope gave his address in Latin. Pope Benedict is the first Pope to retire in nearly 600 years – the last one was Pope Gregory XII in 1415. Pope Benedict, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was one of the oldest ever popes to be anointed when he took the post aged 78.

In his announcement Pope Benedict explained, “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”

“In order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

Many are calling for the next pope to be from Latin America, where approximately 70 per cent of people consider themselves Catholics. Others are suggesting it is time for the first African Pope, with Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana taking the lead on online betting websites (yes, people are betting money online over who the next pope will be).

To find out what others are saying about the decision read the Adelaide Now article Pope Benedict XVI to resign on February 28 because of age, health.

To watch the video visit The Age article Pope Benedict XVI resigns because of failing health

 

Opinion –A pope-ular decision

I am not a Catholic, nor am I a personal fan of Pope Benedict XVI. I think he is dangerously conservative, especially as a thought leader to such a large number of people in this progressive world. So when I say that I think his decision to resign was one of the best he ever made, my motivation may seem obvious.

 It is not, however, because I don’t think he should be the Pope. It is because I think he has worked hard for more years than most of us and now, finally, the guy deserves a break. More and more often, older Australians are working harder for longer and I feel it is important to be reminded that it is okay to stop.

Pope Benedict went against 600 years of tradition in order to retire – many popes before him believed that their physical suffering as they approached death was part of the role. I applaud Pope Benedict for realising that others could give sounder spiritual leadership than he and for acknowledging to himself that he is allowed to stop and have a break.

One of the reasons we work is so that one day we won’t have to. Being able to recognise that day and embrace it is something more older Australians should emmulate.

Do you think Pope Benedict is ducking out on his duty? Or has he got the right idea and should the rest of us follow his example? And who would you like to see as the next pope?





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    biddi
    12th Feb 2013
    11:21am
    I like this Pope and I wish him well. The previous Pope should have retired much earlier than
    he did.
    biddi
    12th Feb 2013
    11:24am
    PS I don't know why one should be calling for an African Pope or a Latin American
    Pope. Surely, it's who's the best and most worthy. Let the "best man win".
    noddy45
    12th Feb 2013
    11:32am
    So they will spend a small fortune on yet another election for a new Pope then they will expect the congrigation to dig deep for the POOR church.
    Huskie
    12th Feb 2013
    11:47am
    He has done the right thing. Should have done it years ago. The cost of electing a new Pope would not be much more, probably less than, the cost of the Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne Local Municipal elections. No voting booths, minimal staff and only about 118 votes to count!

    And it is "congregation" by the way and even that is incorrect since a congregation is defined as "a gathering of people , often for the purpose of worship". Perhaps you meant to say "adherents to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church".

    12th Feb 2013
    11:57am
    Once any person in any Profession knows in his/her heart he/she has done all they can and now it is getting far too hard to keep doing the job, it is time to retire.

    God bless the Pope and may he still live on in a role suits his age and health and beliefs. His job as Pope is over but not his life :) Thank you Pope Benedict XVI
    student
    12th Feb 2013
    12:25pm
    So many problems to solve, but I personally feel Pope Benedict is showing great selflessness by resigning his post. He is getting more frail and knows it, so he is wise to step aside for a younger man who has health and 'youth' to bring to the leadership. Maybe the next Pope will be able to deal with the abuse problems in the Church.

    May people all over the world take note of this resignation and remember they too are not getting younger. Take time out to smell the roses. Yes, it is OK to retire from work but not life. May Pope Benedict have a long and fruitful retirement. May his life experiences and the wisdom he has gained with age, help others.

    12th Feb 2013
    12:36pm
    I admire him for making such an unusual decision to retire as Pope, much better for both himself and the Church to do so than just become an ineffective figurehead. It will be interesting to see if the next Pope is ultra-conservative or more liberal, whichever the next Pope is going to have a huge advantage in having Pope Benedict XVI to turn to for advice in what must be a very lonely position.
    Aloysius
    12th Feb 2013
    12:37pm
    The Pope resigns on 28th February 2013. Conclave of the cardinals begins soon after that, to vote for a new pope, (perhaps the last). It looks like this conclave could have a most surprising result. So far in bible prophecy, everything that has been fulfilled has been fulfilled 100% accurate.

    Note that the previous pope is the only pope to have CCTV camera on his tomb in the vatican, and they are on 24/7.

    Watch the video and read Revelation 17.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvBsjrKhsPs
    The Second Coming: Revelation 17 Reveals It is Only a Few Years Away!
    www.youtube.com
    aquatrek
    12th Feb 2013
    1:31pm
    WOW - what clever pre-social scientists the Revelation writers were to actually predict the demise of the Catholic Church [sect]. Shame we dont have them with us anymore. Oh yes we do - its the ALP who have predicted their own trip to the abyss and that is in the year of the Snake - 2013 !!
    Aloysius
    12th Feb 2013
    3:28pm
    Welcome back Aquatrek. How's the research degree going?
    Taskid
    12th Feb 2013
    3:54pm
    Thanks for the site Aloysius, a very interesting watch. There is also an interesting and informative book called Petrus Romanus which follows a similar theme.
    Aloysius
    12th Feb 2013
    4:04pm
    www.rapturewatch.net has lots of info for Christians.
    aquatrek
    12th Feb 2013
    4:32pm
    hi - dont actually start the academic grind until March so thought that I would build castles with moats and drawbridges to keep out the riff raff here in the communal sandpit
    aquatrek
    12th Feb 2013
    12:48pm
    Did the biblical prophets predict this ?

    http://atheistfoundation.org.au/media-release/the-decline-and-fall-of-the-roman-empire/
    Aloysius
    12th Feb 2013
    4:00pm
    Have to agree with the sentiments of David Nicholls - particularly: “Under this Pope, socially-progressive programs have been vehemently opposed against the wishes of the people, at least in developed nations. By various surveys it is known that the majority of RC adherents in these countries do not support such antiquated dictates.”
    wally
    12th Feb 2013
    12:50pm
    Or the Mayans?
    aquatrek
    12th Feb 2013
    1:16pm
    those guys [and gals] just ran out of good easy to carve stone tablets hahahaha
    Young Simmo
    12th Feb 2013
    1:22pm
    As a slight variation on this retiring caper, I heard on TV last night that a German said. " Why should I have to pay for Greeks retiring at 51 years". That's 14 years earlier than us Aussie heros get to relax.
    charlemagne
    12th Feb 2013
    1:55pm
    Who needs a POPE?
    HOLA
    14th Feb 2013
    11:16am
    Who needs MUFTIS' ?
    paddy8888
    12th Feb 2013
    4:32pm
    He probably realised after many years what a con religion is and decided to really live
    Taskid
    12th Feb 2013
    8:34pm
    Perhaps he realised that religion is not Jesus nor is Jesus religion.
    Actual Cat
    12th Feb 2013
    5:28pm
    Well done Pope Benedict - a rational decision.
    However, the next Pope had better have SOME understanding of compassion and human frailty. Who was it said ' Let he who is without sin cast the first stone'....) Certainly not il Papa.
    Many Catholics are good, community-minded people, but the Catholic church as an organisation has been corrupt throughout the centuries - read the history of the sudden death of a recent healthy pope with liberal views - that was not investigated and it looked very like murder to those close to the inner workings of the Vatican.
    Catholic doctrines have caused untold suffering in the world - I know this first hand having Catholics in my family riddled with guilt that never leaves them. This is not LOVE as Christ preached in his simple robes and sandals.
    Don't get me started on the frocks!
    Many educated Catholics are leaving the church in disgust at its hypocrisy, and blindness to its congregations' sufferings. (No condoms to prevent AIDS - what, let people die instead?). No birth control - what, are women supposed to have 15 and 20 children? All very well for the papacy in the Vatican - they don't have to feed, clothe and educate them!
    When our newly elected local bishop announced that he expected us to call him MY LORD! Even my staunch Catholic friends said 'no way, he's not God!'.

    No, the sooner this highly profitable business organisation fades away, the better.
    Let the gospel endure without the manmade power and suffering.
    Taskid
    12th Feb 2013
    8:40pm
    Amen to that!
    Peepo
    12th Feb 2013
    5:33pm
    Let's hope the select a young progressive pope who has the balls to kick the sheltering pedophiles out of Vatican city so that they can pay for their sins.
    doclisa
    12th Feb 2013
    9:55pm
    you need to read mor about what the ratzingers, there are 2 of them they are brothers..get up to.
    Actual Cat
    12th Feb 2013
    10:12pm
    Sheesh, one's bad enough!
    Raine
    12th Feb 2013
    10:11pm
    I wish him well in his retirement.. at 85 he has earned his rest , time for a new man to take the leadership and hopefully do what is right for the Catholics and their many followers.. and keep the Catholic church free from all the problems and sinfulness they have faced in the past.. with their priests and clergymen ...
    FrankC
    12th Feb 2013
    11:11pm
    I seem to recall that , in 1978, Pope John Paul l died mysteriously, see the website
    http://www.catholicarrogance.org/Catholic/1stJohnPaul.html. then when you have read that, read a book entitled :'The Pope, the Vatican, and the KGB', if you can find it; it was published in 1990, I believe. My copy has disappeared :(
    student
    13th Feb 2013
    12:32pm
    'Saints and Sinners. A History of the Popes' (Eamon Duffy. 1997 Yale University Press) has a lot of scandal and intrigue :) However, it only gives scandal about Catholic Popes.
    FrankC
    12th Feb 2013
    11:19pm
    After posting that website above, I clicked on it, and it goes to something different to the site address from where it came. So type in Google, Death of Pope John Paul l. Have a look at the 6th item down, but then again there heaps of articles concerning his death, but he above one is interesting
    Taskid
    13th Feb 2013
    7:26am
    There is a comprehensive book on Roman Catholocism called Petrus Romanus, exposes many things that would shock those who belong to this denomination. I never encourage anyone to get involved with religion. A born-again relationship with Jesus is all one needs to be a Christian.
    aquatrek
    13th Feb 2013
    7:55am
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian

    A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity; an Abrahamic, monotheistic RELIGION based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
    Taskid
    13th Feb 2013
    8:14am
    A Christian is someone Jesus recognises as His follower - wikipedia is a fallible human creation.
    Those are the facts and cannot be disputed by you or any other misinformed person.
    aquatrek
    13th Feb 2013
    8:30am
    Amazing powers of cognition there Taskid to be able to change definitions of words commonly used in the English language that are derived from other languages that pertain to the time of the biblical chronicles; all just to suite your own personal warped viewpoint. Pathetic.
    Taskid
    13th Feb 2013
    8:39am
    When you disagree with me I know I am speaking the Truth - because you wouldn't know it if it stood in front of you. Ramble on if it keeps you amused. You are the eminently qualified it seems, from your ramblings, to speak in ignorance of things relating to the Lord and His Word.
    Go find something you do know something about.
    FrankC
    13th Feb 2013
    3:39pm
    I presume when you say Lord, you mean God, and not Jesus, as he was a god, John 1:1 states that " the word was with God and the word was a god ". Translation from the original Greek Taskid.
    Taskid
    13th Feb 2013
    3:49pm
    Frank I am aware of the original Greek, however when you know Jesus, as opposed to reading about Him, you know Who He is, Jesus said of Himself, "If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him
    and have seen him." John 14:7 I know Him, I know Who He is and your trying to play with words does not alter that one iota. Do you know Jesus? - or do you just like to play at knowing a bit of Ancient Greek??? If the latter, you are missing out on the best. :0)
    motaleon
    13th Feb 2013
    6:04pm
    Bugger this African/Indian/Chinese/Fijian Pope. Political correctness has done much more harm than good. go for merit every time.
    HOLA
    14th Feb 2013
    9:36am
    The three quickest ways to get into an argument is, Kick a man's dog, Steal a man's wife or talk about Religion. C'mon people , it's Valentines Day, lighten up.
    spread the love.
    Taskid
    14th Feb 2013
    9:41am
    By following some silly fantasy out of America - go for it, not my scene though, I prefer real life. :0)
    Aloysius
    14th Feb 2013
    9:46am
    I love your smile, your face, and your eyes.
    Damn, I'm good at telling lies!
    aquatrek
    14th Feb 2013
    9:51am
    @HOLA: XXX and a Happy Valentines to all those who believe in love for one's fellow opposite sex or same sex persons Namaste


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