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10:31 PM on 02/06/13 
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07:16 PM on 02/07/13 
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Only if all they're doing is crediting God for making them win. Which in my experience that wouldn't necessarily be true. There are a lot of other things you can thank God for: opportunity, strength, discipline, talents, family, and probably most commonly would be the give the fame or attention away from themselves and back to God. But then again, I know just as much about what goes on inside an football player's head as Neil deGrasse Tyson.
04:47 AM on 02/11/13 
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Pope Benedict XVI to resign, first to do so in last 600 years
08:09 AM on 02/11/13 
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Crazy. I remember seeing him be announced.
08:43 AM on 02/11/13 
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Such a humble man. Here's to hoping his successor will continue to bring the church back to tradition.
09:28 AM on 02/11/13 
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I have a sitcom/movie/sketch ideas about the Pope being succeeded by a young hot shot priest who has a lot to prove, but really just wants to have fun and party to the point where he gets kicked out of being Pope. But then totally turns the church around and everyone loves him.
09:43 AM on 02/11/13 
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So weird that he's stepping down. I'm sure there's a scandal of some sort that's brewing and he was forced to resign. I mean, 2000 years of popes have essentially served til death, this makes no sense.

Anyways, he sucks. Hope the next Pope is more progressive.
10:04 AM on 02/11/13 
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Or he has health problems, like dementia or advanced cancer, that will prevent him from doing his job.
10:12 AM on 02/11/13 
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Its definitely the second one.
12:55 PM on 02/11/13 
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So weird that he's stepping down. I'm sure there's a scandal of some sort that's brewing and he was forced to resign. I mean, 2000 years of popes have essentially served til death, this makes no sense.

Anyways, he sucks. Hope the next Pope is more progressive.

More than one pope has stepped down in history, he has said since he assumed the papacy that he felt if he was too old he'd resign, the sex scandal was perpetuated by the 'progressive' bishops.

Anything else?
01:11 PM on 02/11/13 
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More than one pope has stepped down in history, he has said since he assumed the papacy that he felt if he was too old he'd resign, the sex scandal was perpetuated by the 'progressive' bishops.

Anything else?

No Pope has stepped down for illness. It's all been scandals or when absolutely forced by whatever.

What exactly are you referring to by a "sex scandal"?

I mean, plenty of Popes have been sick before. It would feel weird that THIS one is sicker than you know... the last dozens of popes or whatever.
01:14 PM on 02/11/13 
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No Pope has stepped down for illness. It's all been scandals or when absolutely forced by whatever.

What exactly are you referring to by a "sex scandal"?

Benedict is only the 4th pope in history to resign. Not exactly a large sample size.
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Benedict is only the 4th pope in history to resign. Not exactly a large sample size.

Exactly. If I recall, the other ones were due to some major political event (Western Schism) or accusations of Simony.
01:20 PM on 02/11/13 
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Exactly. If I recall, the other ones were due to some major political event (Western Schism) or accusations of Simony.

No, my point is that we can't speculate that there's a scandal based on something that has historically happened once every 500 years. If there had been 20 resignations all based on scandals or something similar, you'd have a point.
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No, my point is that we can't speculate that there's a scandal based on something that has historically happened once every 500 years. If there had been 20 resignations all based on scandals or something similar, you'd have a point.

But similarly, no pope has ever resigned because of health reasons. It's kind've weird to think that this guy was just "really sick". It's so common for popes to hold office up until they're on their deathbed.

It's a very highly scrutinized office, if there's a scandal brewing it'd be easy to say "welp, I'm sick that's it, later guys"

Not trying to dig for anything, just pointing out that it's really curious that this guy will step down because of health reasons when literally no pope in the last 2000 years has done so. And it's safe to say that many former popes have been gravely ill in office.



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