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Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the time-for-golf dept.

Medicine 542

Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month in an unexpected development, saying he is too old to continue at the age of 85. In a statement, the pontiff 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.' Resignations from the papacy are not unknown, but this is the first in the modern era, which has been marked by pontiffs dying while in office."

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Simply Could Not Fulfill His Duties (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859325)

It became apparent when he was supposed to move a priest who had been indulging in altar boys to the Diocese of Ogdensburg [wikipedia.org] in New York where they would have a trial and could pay off the families but instead he moved him to the Diocese of Owensboro [wikipedia.org] in Kentucky where, upon discovery, he was lynched and killed without a trial. At that point, every God Fearin' Holy Roman Catholic altar-boy-molesting priest in the world feared the Pope could no longer shield them from mortal justice and so it was clear he had to resign his post. It's been long rumored that Cardinal Vincent "Big Vinnie the Silencer" Mastrantonio will be the successor and be able to invoke the Holy Spirit to "keep those quiet who don't want their kneecaps busted in over here over there."

Re:Simply Could Not Fulfill His Duties (0, Troll)

xyourfacekillerx (939258) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859793)

People are still making references to the mythical Great Catholic Altar Boy Molestation Conspiracy Project? Mildly amusing at best. In 2004. This post is unnecessarily inflammatory and factually inaccurate, how did this get rated Funny?

Re:Simply Could Not Fulfill His Duties (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859889)

Grow a sack.

Pull Your Head Out of Your Ass (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859953)

People are still making references to the mythical Great Catholic Altar Boy Molestation Conspiracy Project?

Oh the "mythical conspiracy project"? Hmmm, let's see from the laundry list of cases [wikipedia.org] we find:

In July 2010, the Vatican doubled the length of time after the 18th birthday of the victim that clergymen can be tried in a church court and streamlined the processes for removing "pedophile priests."

So they streamlined a process to cater to a "mythical conspiracy project?"

People like you are what's wrong with organized religion and one of the primary reasons of why I am atheist. The people that run the Vatican and those in the past that have stood up and protected that power structure at all costs are fallible mortals. Shut up and deal with it or I'll throw you in with Scientology.

And all those cases have dried up, right? Right [thesouthern.com] ? If you give money to the Roman Catholic church, that's what you're paying for, in part.

Re:Simply Could Not Fulfill His Duties (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859917)

This is really not funny, and does sound like an old /. troll post from 10 years ago. But I've always said you're a troll.

Re:Simply Could Not Fulfill His Duties (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42860023)

112th Pope chosen, prophecy comes to pass

The next Pontiff stands before a giant crowd in the
Vatican in a full set of plate armor and announce the commissioning of and worldwide call to arms for the 9th Blessed Crusade into the Holy Land to recapture the former Constantinople, Byzantium, Canaan, Judea and finally Jerusalem.

Televised and streamed worldwide

So (5, Insightful)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859339)

What?

Re:So (1, Informative)

anagama (611277) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859401)

+1, awoken a sleeping giant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42860011)

watch it Anon, remember, it's all about the LULZ .

Re:So (3, Insightful)

drcln (98574) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859763)

What?

Yes. Why is this on Slashdot? We could be discussing whether Justin Timberlake brings his sexy self back with Grammys performance [today.com] ?

Re:So (4, Insightful)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860017)

It's here so people can troll. I'm sure anything that mentions religion gets a billion views and comments.

But it is kinda interesting, I guess. The article says it hasn't happened since 1415.

Re:So (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859819)

Yeah, unless his successor is to be the Papal Mainframe [wikia.com] , I'm having a hard time trying to work out why this is on Slashdot.

Re:So (5, Insightful)

TwentyCharsIsNotEnou (1255582) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859909)

If you're a fan of a particular [insert sport here] team, you tend to be interested if a big change of leadership occurs in an opposing team.

If you're an atheist or just an enlightened citizen of the world, I reckon it's newsworthy when the leadership of a 1 billion-strong team is about to change.

Re:So (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859963)

I reckon it's newsworthy when the leadership of a 1 billion-strong team is about to change.

Does it have anything to do with technology at all?

Because we don't get Slashdot articles saying "Happy Easter" or "welcome to Lent" and "Happy Hannukah".

This has nothing to do with Slashdot.

Maybe they'll consult Discordianism... (1)

TWX (665546) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859355)

...they've got plenty of POPEs over there...

Why is this on slashdot? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859357)

Why is this on slashdot?

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (1)

Dave Whiteside (2055370) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859393)

probably because he was dealing horsemeat to euro or something ....
that's about as nerdish as I can make it ...

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (5, Funny)

negRo_slim (636783) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859441)

I'm hoping it's viral marketing for the new iWatch from Apple.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (1)

zrbyte (1666979) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859415)

Not just that, but why is this under science.slashdot.org? Maybe idle... maybe.

tags (1)

schneidafunk (795759) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859627)

Tagged medicine & science?

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859663)

The story has a medicine logo. Maybe someone has invented a cure against religion, and successfully tested it on the pope.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (5, Insightful)

SirGarlon (845873) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859449)

So abrasive atheists can whore for karma by railing against religion.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859707)

So abrasive atheists can whore for karma by railing against religion.

I'll bite.

This molester-protecting fuck had the audacity to label transgendered people as 'abominations'.

This is possibly not news for nerds; but certainly, if you've any humanity at all, his departure from his vile office is most definitely 'stuff that matters'.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859797)

You'll excuse me if his viewpoints on trannies are not really a reason I'm going to be glad he resigns.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (-1, Flamebait)

Titan1080 (1328519) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859823)

it's funny how, activities that literally don't help human advancement (procreation) are considered 'humanity'. yes, i'm an atheist. and yes, i hate trannies, faggots, etc. take it back to reddit, most of the world doesn't give a shit about your goddamn crusade against normality.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (2, Funny)

chill (34294) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859975)

Crusade against normality? I suggest you familiarize yourself with the standard distribution bell curve.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42860053)

Shouldn't we all rail against religion as we would any scam?

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (5, Funny)

nospam007 (722110) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859511)

"Why is this on slashdot?"

It's about a guy who can talk to the cloud without any computer.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859647)

Talking to the cloud without a computer is simple - anyone can do it. It's getting it to listen that's the hard part.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (4, Funny)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859811)

Hah. Getting it to listen is easy, getting something useful back from it... now that is the real trick.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (1)

show me altoids (1183399) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859855)

Exactly, as every Slashdotter no doubt knows, Grandpa Simpson yells at clouds regularly.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (1)

ACS Solver (1068112) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859551)

Other than letting people complain about religion, it's a leadership change in the world's largest church that encompasses about a billion people, and the particular office of the Pope has existed for about a thousand years.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (3, Informative)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860069)

If you consider Peter the first pope, it's going on two thousand years, actually. It says something when the last time someone resigned was 600 years ago, which was before Columbus found the New World.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859695)

Chorus:
The pope smokes dope, God gave him the grass
The pope smokes dope, he likes to smoke in mass
The pope smokes dope, he's a groovy head
The pope smokes dope, the pope smokes dope
(oh yeah! 3x)
God is high on mescaline, Satan's high on smack
Popes in Rome get stoned on grass, Jesus freaks are back
Jesus Christ a super-hippie never shoot up junk
Popes in Rome get stoned alone, priests, in church get drunk
(Chorus)
Now Jack 'n' Jill went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water
Jill forgot to take her pill, now she's got a daughter
Taking pills is not a joke for a groovy Pope
Birth control can be a toke of marijuana smoke
(Chorus)
The pope is getting higher (re: higher! higher! - 4x)
(Chorus)
Cha! Cha! Cha!

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859815)

Why is this on slashdot?

Last time around we had a irreverent time comparing the current pope to a variety of sci fi figures and tropes based on everything from trivial physical appearance, to behavior. Emperor Palpatine, etc. I'm sure we'll have plenty of fun here when the next political leader wins, doing about the same thing as last time. The tech aspect is keeping the comparisons "sci fi". In comparison, making jokes about Hillary getting selected would not be "sci fi" or "tech".

I'm having serious difficulty thinking of a famous living catholic IN TECH who could theoretically become pope. At least one probably exists? Technically all they need to be is baptized, although for the last couple centuries they've all been cardinals, which kinda cuts down on the possible selections from a billion or so down to about 20. A pity, I'd like to see a Catholic evolutionary biologist get selected, and then watch the teabillies squirm.

Re:Why is this on slashdot? (1)

hey! (33014) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859929)

So people can make pope jokes. Duh.

Pope starts using the internet (5, Funny)

hsmith (818216) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859359)

and two months later quits his job. Coincidence? I think not.

Re:Pope starts using the internet (2, Funny)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859417)

So my prayers to Saint Isidore are fulfilled!

Re:Pope starts using the internet (5, Funny)

bancho (621456) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859437)

He got promoted to mod on 4chan.

Re:Pope starts using the internet (5, Funny)

DrXym (126579) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860041)

He rage quit.

What a quitter! (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859363)

Noah lived to over 900, and he was building Arks into his 7th century.

These modern God-botherers just don't have the stamina.

Re:What a quitter! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859553)

I like the pope, the pope smokes dope.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR0KXqSRGLg

Re:What a quitter! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859593)

I like the pope, the pope smokes dope.

FTFY: http://youtu.be/dOmjjAfUAwU

Re:What a quitter! (0)

SirGeek (120712) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859667)

Except back then , a year was only 100 days.

Re:What a quitter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859749)

Except back then , a year was only 100 days.

Even if you're being serious, that still works out to ~250 of our years.

Re:What a quitter! (2)

JDevers (83155) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859789)

Damn, now it makes perfect sense...Noah was only ~250 years old when he died. Makes the whole bible seem more legit.

Re:What a quitter! (3, Informative)

mkoenecke (249261) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860013)

Actually, one theory is that instead of years they were referring to lunar months for the ages, which makes 900 equal to about 75 years. But what I was taught in theology was the numbers, like many numbers in the Bible, were symbolic, intended to symbolize the deteriorating moral state of Man.

Re:What a quitter! (3, Insightful)

pswPhD (1528411) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860073)

Damn, now it makes perfect sense...Noah was only ~250 years old when he died. Makes the whole bible seem more legit.

The whole point of the Bible is to state God existence, and the nature of that God.
So, if we assume an omnipotent God exists and wanted somebody to live for ~900 years, He has the strength and ability to be able to do so.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859371)

... the pope is not pop anymore?

In a Vatican Statement. (5, Funny)

Dartz-IRL (1640117) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859383)

In a statement released by the Vatican Today, it was announced that his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will step down with immediate effect. When asked for a reason, a spokesman for his former holiness suggested that he would like to spend more time with his wife and children.

Re:In a Vatican Statement. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859543)

In a statement released by the Vatican Today, it was announced that his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will step down with immediate effect. When asked for a reason, a spokesman for his former holiness suggested that he would like to spend more time with his wife and children.

....spend more time with the children.

Improved for obvious reasons

Re:In a Vatican Statement. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859717)

Improved for obvious reasons

No, not really. Why don't you go back to watching "Ow, my balls!" and leave the humor to those with at least moderate wit?

Re:In a Vatican Statement. (2, Funny)

mcmonkey (96054) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859671)

In a statement released by the Vatican Today, it was announced that his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will step down with immediate effect. When asked for a reason, a spokesman for his former holiness suggested that he would like to spend more time with his wife and children.

I did nazi that coming.

Re:In a Vatican Statement. (0, Flamebait)

kaizendojo (956951) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860033)

In a statement released by the Vatican Today, it was announced that his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will step down with immediate effect. When asked for a reason, a spokesman for his former holiness suggested that he would like to spend more time with his wife and children.

I did nazi that coming.

I'm surprised; it was heil on the hitler list.

Re:In a Vatican Statement. (1)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859887)

When asked for a reason, a spokesman for his former holiness suggested that he would like to spend more time with his wife and children.

Funny, but not too far from the truth in the 16th Century. Rodrigo Borgia knew how to party.

The papacy has gotten a lot more boring over the years. And less scandalous, if you can believe it.

What now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859403)

Sometimes I can see the stretch for some news articles and how they make their way to slashdot.

But the pope resigning? Really? WTF?

I didn't really believe people saying /. is selling out to what drives clicks or whatnot, but wow... it's happening. Bye bye slashdot, you were once good. Now I see why Taco left.

Re:What now? (1)

fredrated (639554) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859453)

Slow news day. REALLY slow news day. Today could become the icon, the acme of slow news days.

Re:What now? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859517)

Why? This is about a man who never got laid by a woman. Sounds like the typical Slashdot demographic to me. ;-)

Re:What now? (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859775)

Maybe TFA has some critical detail about him being replaced by an iPope.

So it was written (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859485)

They're pushing him out in order to install a black man. He will be the first black pope and they will be just as Hip and Cool as America.

We should all celebrate the dawning of a new age consisting of only intellectual transcendence.

Re:So it was written (2)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859919)

He will be the first black pope and they will be just as Hip and Cool as America.

Transubstantiation We Can All Believe In?

Pope To Resign Citing "Advanced" Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859487)

.... making his age the only thing advanced about this Pope.

Re:Pope To Resign Citing "Advanced" Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859807)

I beg to differ:
He was able to connect to the cloud without computer.

Too bad... (3, Funny)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859501)

It's a shame that he's leaving. He was the perfect figurehead for the Catholic Church because he clearly and visibly embodied it's principles.

Re:Too bad... (5, Insightful)

Slider451 (514881) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859747)

Actually, by retiring before he dies, he gets a strong voice in selecting his successor. That, along with the fact that he's been carefully selecting like-minded cardinals the last several years, ensures the next pope will by very similar to Benedict.

Re:Too bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859931)

That's not a compliment, folks.

I'm sure part of the reason he's "retiring" is so he can help hand-pick a successor as out-of-touch and hard-conservative as he is.

Surprise? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859515)

NOBODY suspects the German resignation! Fetch... the Comfy Chair!

Mea Maxima Culpa? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859519)

Reading between the lines, I think HBO's recent "Mea Maxima Culpa" was probably a significant factor. His resignation will stave off the worst of the public outcry and demands for deeper revelations from the church about the matters raised there. Hopefully the Catholic Church will be pressed about the issues raised regardless, but his specific, key role in it all is the point at the moment.

To recap what I read elsewhere: prior to being Pope, he was the head of the modern (renamed) Inquisition, assigned there by the previous pope. In that role, he "took charge" of the recent wave of priest sex abuse scandals since the 90s, ordered all evidence be centralized in his department's archives, and then basically hid it all and did little to actually act on the mountains of evidence they still haven't revealed to prosecutors or the public. It's pretty damning stuff.

Re:Mea Maxima Culpa? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859625)

(Funny side-note, my captcha for the above was "Lustful")

Links relevant to the above:

http://tinyurl.com/y9wuh4j (wikipedia on Ratzinger's pre-Pope role, long title in URL)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mea_Maxima_Culpa:_Silence_in_the_House_of_God

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/01/4041509/abuse-victims-silent-no-more.html

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/13/mea_maxima_culpa_new_doc_exposes

I've seen (1)

etash (1907284) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859521)

people using the "is this news for nerds?" quote in many semi-relative-to-slashdot articles. This is not such an article, this quote is *designed* for such articles.

Re:I've seen (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859827)

Galileo! Religion is superstitious nonsense, and will never be compatible with science! Tim Minchin: fuck the mother-fucking pope!

There, I made it relevant to Slashdot.

Forgot one... (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859863)

He looks like Emperor Palpatine!

Re:I've seen (2)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859941)

"is this news for nerds?"

There do exist religion nerds, just like sports nerds, tv nerds, drama (theatrical) nerds, music nerds. I've already seen them coming out of the woodwork in MSM articles about how this crisis was handled in 1084 and the biography of his previous namesake and what amounts to jailhouse lawyering about the election process, blah blah blah.

Transgression (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859563)

The Pope's Christmas address singled out transgender people for condemnation. I don't speak for all transgender people but many took his speech as a sign that we've arrived. I think he was wrong to attack us like that and is on the wrong side of history. I bear him no particular ill-will but hope the next pope is more grounded and kind.

Infallible? (0)

Bigby (659157) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859565)

Does he remain infallible after stepping down? If so, there will be two infallible people at the same time. Assuming infallible people could exist, is it logically possible for 2 to exist? Or do they simply have to be thinking the same thing about everything? I would assume that this pope would just have to keep his mouth shut as to not potentially conflict with the new pope.

Re:Infallible? (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859641)

Two wrongs don't make a right, or do they?

Re:Infallible? (2)

WillAdams (45638) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859703)

Infallibility is only when speaking _ex cathedra_, ``that is, when in the discharge of his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, and by virtue of his supreme apostolic authority.''

If one has stepped down from the office, it no longer applies.

Re:Infallible? (3, Informative)

kevkingofthesea (2668309) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859799)

Yeah, and there have been very few [wikipedia.org] instances where the Church says the pope spoke infallibly.

Re:Infallible? (3, Insightful)

zerobeat (628744) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859713)

Two infallible people at the same time would have to agree on everything. What I don't understand is is he infallible now? I mean, he admits he can't continue - surely a sign he is not infallible. Or does he only project into the future that one day he will no longer be infallible so he better get out now. But even then this is a sign that he is not infallible. This is the sort of thing that can keep you up at night until you realize what a load of horse shit this all is and you wonder why some people still bother with it. BTW why is he referred to as the "Pope". Other religious groups have popes too. Can we at least always refer to him as the "Catholic Pope".

Re:Infallible? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859895)

What I don't understand is is he infallible now?

Since religious dogma does not equate to (and is often diametrically opposed to) actual truth, no.

Re:Infallible? (4, Informative)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860009)

The Infallibility doctrine does not apply to everything he says, just specific items of dogma that are specified, and those are usually fairly non-controversial items to believing Catholics.

In other words, he's not expected to be perfect as a person, but after having duly deliberated on a matter of doctrine, that doctrine could be designated infallible. It's an authority that only the Pope gets to use, and he won't be Pope after he resigns.

Re:Infallible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859729)

By dogma, the Pope is not personally infallible - rather, the office of Pope is infallible. To put it another way, the reasoning is: "God will not let his true believers be led astray by the Church, so He protects them by making sure that as long as they follow what the Pope says, they will still be saved." So, it's not that the Pope is supposed to have a hotline to God - rather, it's that God isn't gonna let the Pope ruin some poor schlub who thinks he's doing the right thing by following the Church's dictates.

Or, to put it yet another way, the Catholic Church officially believes in the "I was just following orders" excuse. No wonder they didn't mind the Nazis.....

Re:Infallible? (2)

Sique (173459) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859743)

No, the infallibility is coupled with the office. The idea behind this dogma is that it's the Holy Chair, represented by its current occupier, who is infallible, not the person actually sitting there.

Re:Infallible? (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859805)

A lot of politics goes on at the Vatican, a lot, just like in large government. That HBO piece is part of it, and the Catholic Church is scrambling to stay alive in a time of freely available information. As a former Roman Catholic altar boy, I remember mass was really just a smoke and mirrors show, the priests came to life afterwards when it came to seeing what was in the collection plates. So, like George Carlin said, I was Roman Catholic until I reached the age of reason.

Re:Infallible? (3, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860071)

I'm no religion nerd, but my understanding is the infallibility is vested in the job position not the person.

There's a lot of BS and propaganda about the whole papal infallibility thing... you have to realize the cardinals and pope have spent centuries fighting over who's really in charge, and by fighting I mean literally to the death by sword and poison. So "recently" a strongman (relatively...) gets in power and as a weapon he declares he's the boss and everyone else aka his opponents (the cardinals) are his underlings. Frankly not all that exciting. When even a guy like me sees it as a pretty simple political play as opposed to religious mythology, using the political play to make fun of the catholics just isn't funny anymore. I would not be surprised if when the cardinals gain supremacy they put a guy in who reverses that declaration and makes the college of cardinals infallible as the leaders and declares the bishop of rome as merely first among equals... Its politics not theology. Or at most, theological politics.

Retirement plan not updated for hundreds of years. (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859621)

So, does he get a pension? Full medical? How about dental? There's probably nothing in place. I vote for creative taxidermy, but that's just me.

Re:Retirement plan not updated for hundreds of yea (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860035)

I vote for creative taxidermy, but that's just me.

Wait, how could you tell the difference?

Death Star nearing completion somewhere ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859685)

I am guessing that is the reason why he's stepping down

http://www.jeremystyron.com/2012/08/ratzinger-and-palpatine/

Will the new pope run Linux? (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859711)

I'm guessing the old one was on Windows XP; probably time to retire him anyway.

Re:Will the new pope run Linux? (1)

tnk1 (899206) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860029)

You better hope the new one doesn't run Windows 8, or you might be begging for the old one back.

Move over Rubio. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859741)

Just in time to run for the GOP in 2016!

News for Nerds ?! (2, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859757)

What is RMS's position on this?!!

Get out while you can... (1)

Valentttine (2420782) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859829)

I get the feeling that since the flow of incriminating information from the Vatican has slowed it's building up to something big, and he might want to be finished there and live out his last days in comfort rather than dealing with the backlash from this big story that I'm only assuming exists with no evidence supporting the claim, just a feeling I get from it.

Advanced age? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42859903)

Did he not know how old he was when he accepted the position in the first place?

Not surprised really (1)

Greymist (638677) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859945)

With the new Star Wars movie coming out, he probably didn't want all the references to him being the Sith Lord popping up again.

-1 off topic (1)

1u3hr (530656) | about a year and a half ago | (#42859981)

News for nerds?

I don't know about you (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year and a half ago | (#42860043)

But I'm rooting for Cardinal Sicola.

I will say what I said last time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42860083)

One asshole will be replaced by another asshole

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