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Pope Benedict XVI Is Out! Will Resign From The Vatican!

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We're in disbelief!

Pope Benedict XVI will be officially resign as leader of the Catholic Church on February 28.

Why, you ask??

He feels he is too old to continue on!

In a small ceremony with his colleagues, the 85-year-old said:

"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. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, 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 recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is."

The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger took the esteemed positon only eight years ago, but being the trendsetter he is, he has become the FIRST Pope to resign since 1296.

According to Vatican spokesman Reverend Federico Lombardi, a new Pope will hopefully be elected by Easter.

The 265th Pope—who once called for unity against same-sex marriage—has had a long and tiresome run, so we fully understand his decision to enjoy his last years on earth without the stress of a worldwide religion on his shoulders.

Enjoy retirement! Let's see who they get next!

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18 comments to “Pope Benedict XVI Is Out! Will Resign From The Vatican!”

  1. Ky says – reply to this


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    Sounds like he's going to die soon… *sadface* Keep the faith, Popz

  2. thebigboot says – reply to this


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    Good, the Nazi douche can go die.



  3. 3

    I dream of the day a pope will come out and admit : "This is all crap! God doesn't exist!"

  4. jf says – reply to this


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    He is the first Pope to resign since 1415, not 1296.



  5. 5

    Terminal illness or dementia have never been a reason for a pope to resign before. Scandal, perhaps?
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    Re: overthere – Pope Leo X in the 1500's was quoted as saying, 'this Jesus myth has served us well'.



  6. 6

    from CNN: "The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415." just saying



  7. 7

    Hope Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid/Dianne Feinstein all follow his example
    When you over 80 RETIRE

    PS
    Take Ginsberg along when you leave



  8. 8

    She's seen more ceilings than Michaelangelo.



  9. 9

    Catholic church should get someone much younger with new visions for all people … A pope for everybody like Jesus was, he was a people person, they need someone who stop promoting hate on the contrary promote positive things for young and adults !



  10. 10

    Re: DSummerfan – Wonderful. God bless Pope Benedict and the Church. I pray for a leader who will guide us well.

  11. toepick05 says – reply to this


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    The last Pope to resign was in the 15th century and it was due to the Western Schism. Additionally, he still plans to dedicate his life to prayer, so I wouldn't say retirement, as most religious never really retire.

  12. JonnyVancouver says – reply to this


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    Re: overthere – Keep on dreaming! Your selfish expecation will NEVER happen!

  13. JonVan says – reply to this


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    Re: DSummerfan – Why do people like you want to think that disapproval of the gay lifestyle equals hate? When are people like you going to stop making that childish label? The Pope will never say yes to sin. Plus if you're going to live a lifestyle in which the majority of the world considers offensive or immoral, you should know how to deal with the heat!



  14. 14

    they wheel him out and he can barely raise his hand to wave time to retire

  15. Living in Italy says – reply to this


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    The pope is gay! That's why he has to step down! That's why he sent that man to jail a few months back, and that's why he pardoned him right after.
    I live in Italy and everyone knows of his lover.

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  18. @v@ says – reply to this


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    A resignation of a Pope is kind of unprecedented. I hope he's ok.