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The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

Emilie3 Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 11:05 PM
There is a way to speak your piece without being so grossly vulgar; you seem to know a lot about deviant behavior. You must like to read about it. Yuk.

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,...