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Pope Benedict quits Vatican with
promise to obey successor

Reuters, by Philip Pullella

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Posted By:ScarletPimpernel, 2/28/2013 12:00:51 PM

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict left the Vatican on Thursday after pledging unconditional obedience to whoever succeeds him to guide the Roman Catholic Church at one of the most crisis-ridden periods in its 2,000-year history. [Snip] Bells rang out from St Peter´s Basilica and churches all over Rome as the helicopter circled Vatican City and flew over the Colosseum and other landmarks to give the pontiff one last view of the city where he is also bishop.

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I am not a Roman Catholic, so I can only imagine what many Catholics are feeling today.

Seeing the scenes of Rome today brought back waves of memories and nostalgia for the Eternal City, where I lived for four years. The feelings I have for Rome cannot be put into words.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Evocatus, 2/28/2013 12:08:12 PM     (No. 9201000)

". . . at one of the most crisis-ridden periods in its 2,000-year history."??

The church has served attacks by armies, by plagues, by all sorts of conflicts and intrigues. In the long history of the Roman Catholic Church, this is NOTHING.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/28/2013 12:16:51 PM     (No. 9201016)

I would suggest the papacy of Alexander the VI was a bit more crisis-ridden ... just to name one.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 2/28/2013 12:22:25 PM     (No. 9201022)

#1, I would agree that this is not anywhere close to the most crisis-ridden period of Catholic Church history. I would put the East-West schism in the period of around 1000-1100 AD represents a time of much greater crisis. Another time of much greater crisis is the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century. Both of those represented much greater crises for the Catholic Church than any of the controversies of my lifetime.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 2/28/2013 12:39:11 PM     (No. 9201048)

Sad day. Hard to know what´s going on but stormy weather is in the forecast.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: columba, 2/28/2013 1:34:50 PM     (No. 9201160)

Benedict promised to obey the new pope:
Gosh, does this mean he will have to obey the 10 Commandments, subscribe to the Apostles Creed and Attend Mass each Sunday?
What a burden?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: octrojan, 2/28/2013 3:25:27 PM     (No. 9201356)

There has rarely been less of a "crisis-ridden" period than today. It isn´t hard to rattle off a pretty long list of "crises:" Communism, Nazism, Reformation, struggle with Islam, schisms, various heresies...this is nothing.

I also don´t get the attempt to worry about Benedict messing with the new guy. What in his resume suggests that? Projection by the writer perhaps? He´s old, tired and ready to move on. Why is that so hard to understand?

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