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The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

Akennas55 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 3:37 PM
truiz73 - You are convicted by the evil venom in your words. The greatest commandment is to love God, and the second great commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. You fail miserably on the latter, and so fail the former as well.

The media, of course, is calling it a resignation. But it not so much a resignation of a political office as it is a renunciation. The 85-year old pontiff’s decision to renounce the power and prestige of the papal office is so unexpected, almost unprecedented, as to take the world by surprise.

Of course, we Americans of all people can understand what thoughts must have coursed through Pope Benedict XVI’s mind as he prayed about this weighty decision. We saw this kind of renunciation with our first president, George Washington. He did not leave the presidency before his second term expired,...