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Old 02-11-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation breaks '600-year taboo' | World news | The Guardian
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In pontifical terms, I suppose age 85 would be considered ER, wouldn't it?
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He will in future be known as Eggs Ex Benedict.

Wonder if he has a COLA'd pension?

It was sad to watch the obvious deterioration of his predecessor. Good decision.

Now if they would open the job to women, that would be a really good thing.
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OMG! (pun) I can't believe someone posted that here LOL!

Retiring early at 85? LOL!

But of course you're correct - with a pope, it's early if any time before death.

But, wow - breaking a 600 year tradition? That's impressive!
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That is a bad trend he is setting. Future popes will now think they are entitled to retire early when they reach their 80s.
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No Mas....or is that No Mass?

Good for him to call it a career (if you can call being the Pope a career).
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Any bets on the next pope being female.

I always knew Hillary would not be staying out of politics for too long.
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He is setting a wonderful example by retiring on his own terms before his decline becomes painfully obvious to everyone. Very few prominent people can do that.
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He's tired and ill so it makes sense that he has decided to retire. Good for him to make the decision now.
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He's tired and ill so it makes sense that he has decided to retire. Good for him to make the decision now.
No way. Did you see that bolt of lightning that struck the vatican last night. SomeOne is not happy
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The first pope to retire early in 600 years. There was a reported lightning strike only hours later. Lightning strikes Vatican on the day the Pope resigns: Bolt hits St. Peter's Basilica hours after Benedict XVI's shock news - Mirror Online
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I wonder if he has tested his numbers in Firecalc?
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I doubt that he has a pension for being in that job. Someone asked on TV today "what does the church do with a retired pope"? No one knows the answer to that question. There has never been an ex-Pope so what will he do all day? He needs to join the RE forum so we can encourage him.
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Upon resigning, he will go to the papal summer residence near Rome, and then will move to a cloistered residence in the Vatican.
-- The Guardian

Many people urged his predecessor to do the same.
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And for those who ask the question, "how much notice should I give?", should note the Pope gave 2 weeks
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Having a job that you are guaranteed to have for life is the reason why I never became the Pope or a Federal Judge...well, that and I'm not Catholic, wanted to be married to a woman, and have no interest in studying law.
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Maybe he'll be another early retiree spending his free time pontificating on this forum. We'll See.
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Any bets on the next pope being female.

I always knew Hillary would not be staying out of politics for too long.
Um, well, I don't think there are any female cardinals yet.
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Now that he has time to stop and relax and think, he may take up a new career, hobbies, maybe dabble with other religions.
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