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Monday, February 11, 2013

Pope Resignation Is First In 600 Years

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing at the end of a meeting of Vatican cardinals, at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. (L'Osservatore Romano via AP)

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing at the end of a meeting of Vatican cardinals, at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 – the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. (L’Osservatore Romano/AP)

Pope Benedict XVI made the surprise announcement in Latin today to a group of Cardinals gathered at the Vatican.

The 85-year-old said Feb. 28 will be his last day. A spokesman said Benedict will then live in a convent and play no role in who will follow him as Pope.

Some liberal Roman Catholics have called on Benedict to resign for not doing enough to address the sexual abuse of children by priests.

But as The New York Times points out, “As the leader of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he had been ahead of many of his peers in recognizing how deeply the church had been damaged by revelations that priests around the world had sexually abused youths for decades. As early as 2005, he obliquely referred to priestly abuse as a ‘filth in the church.’”

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  • Teh

    The show will go on with another “front man” be appointed to run the circus called the “Catholic Church”.

    “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by  the rulers as useful”. Seneca the Younger, philosopher, statesman and orator“Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. ”  ― Arthur Schopenhauer  All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher. – Lucretius (94 BC – 49 BC)

  • Someone Else

    Religion provides a structured way for people, who have faith in the unproven belief that each of us has come into existence and is bound to everyone else in an important and meaningful way above and beyond meaningless random chance, to live and act accordingly.

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