From the forums

1st March 2013 at 00:00

Has the Pope vanished?

There one minute, gone the next.


Such is the whim of the divine.


After the Pope resigns, will he be known as ex-Benedict?


"That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight, losing my religion... " Or maybe white just wasn't his colour.


I think it's more a case of Ratzinger leaving the sinking ship.


Rather a cheap and easy shot, I fear. He's abdicating, which, given the context, is not the same as resigning because he feels, as a consequence of advanced age, that he can't properly lead an organisation of a billion people. Could you?


Surely when he became Pope eight years ago, he knew that he would get older? He knew, for example, that eight years after taking up the role he would turn 85. Or does infallibility not run to simple arithmetic?


He accepted the will of the cardinals who voted for him. He wished to retire much earlier so that he could have peace and follow (a life of) prayer and contemplation, finish his book on Jesus and (indulge) his love of music. He is entitled.


It's just struck me that the local Papal Souvenir Tat industry will be in a complete state of crisis in the run-up to Easter. Whose image will they be putting on all the trinkets? Will there be time to refresh their stock?

magic surf bus

The Catholic church is a strange world if a 62-year-old is thought to be "young".


Nobody must disagree with atheists. They know it all.


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