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Old 02-13-2013, 01:26 PM   #41
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:30 PM   #42
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Like everyone else I was very surprised to hear the news.
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Hey, I'm a practicing Catholic and I found this thread good-humored and respectful. (Well, the Onion is outrageous, but that's to be expected.) Loved the shot of the lightning; God also appears to have a good sense of humor. As to name he'll no doubt go back to plain-old Fr. Ratzinger, although one wonders if it will be followed by former-pope or pope emeritus or something. He never wanted to be pope in the first place (which probably makes the best kind of pope). Hope he enjoys kicking those red loafers off and taking a well deserved rest. Now, onto speculation about the next pope. . . would love to see an African or Latino. . .
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Yes, Guido Sarducci has as good of a humor as Carol Voytyla
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:39 PM   #45
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The Pope worked until he was 85. Today on NPR they had a story about a guy who was still working at 73. He has quite a ways to go to catch up with this Pope.
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I'm a convert Catholic, and I found this thread funny. I like to think God has a sense of humor, therefore I should too.

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Any bets on the next pope being female.
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Um, well, I don't think there are any female cardinals yet.
Pope Joan II?
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I'm a convert Catholic, and I found this thread funny. I like to think God has a sense of humor, therefore I should too.
He must, just look at the world he has created.

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Anyone catch the Saturday Night Live skit on Papal Securities?

Retirement Ad: Papal Securities | SNL’s 5 Best Skits: Christoph Waltz Hosts — and Even Dances | TIME.com

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Old 02-28-2013, 02:14 PM   #50
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Congratulations to the Pope Emeritus on his new status as a retired early person!
I watched him leave the Vatican in the helicopter. The aerial views of Rome were wonderful, seeing all those marvelous sights from on high.
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And no, he does not get to keep the red shoes. But the helicopter ride was a nice way to go!

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And no, he does not get to keep the red shoes. But the helicopter ride was a nice way to go!
I left my work boots and luminous yellow raincoat behind on my last day, and I departed in a Prius, not a helicopter.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:38 PM   #53
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Seriously, I am surprised more popes have not retired under the demands of world travel
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Wonder how much rent his successor will charge him to live at the Vatican?

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Benchmark rental for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$3,047 in a central location, and USD$1,552 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.
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Wonder how much rent his successor will charge him to live at the Vatican?
According to this he gets free room & board, including maid service:

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How the pope's retirement package compares to yours
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:24 PM   #56
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Who lives in the Vatican other than those working for the church?

Is the common man or woman allowed to buy/rent/live in the Vatcan city.

I thought everyone there is paid an allowance with free board and lodging?
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I hope they elect an non-European Pope this time. Long overdue IMO.
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I heard he plans to get a kitty cat now that he is retired as he wasn't allowed to have a pet before as the Pope.
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I hope they elect an non-European Pope this time. Long overdue IMO.

There are only two chances that we get an American nominated let alone elected Pope, slim and none.
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I heard he plans to get a kitty cat now that he is retired as he wasn't allowed to have a pet before as the Pope.
Kind of sad he was not allowed to have a pet. Then again, if I were pope, you would all be praying to St. Copper to intercede for you in matters involving the outdoors and large game.
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