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Why Social Conservatives Will Miss Pope Benedict

G-Pa Chaz Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:06 AM
Ok, wmou, I agree with that. But not to nitpick, but that is influence more than power. The Pope still can’t enforce anything. He uses his influence to guide his flock toward Jesus, but he can’t make anybody go.

The resignation of Pope Benedict comes as a surprise.  Now all eyes will turn to the College of Cardinals, which will elect his successor by Easter (this year, near the end of March).

Although I am not a Catholic, the news of the resignation was profoundly disheartening to me.  Notwithstanding its flaws (or, more properly, some profoundly flawed leaders), the Catholic Church has been stalwart in standing as a bastion for eternal truths, even when they are not popular.

Here is just one example of why social conservatives will dearly miss Pope Benedict.  In written responses to questions...