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Why Social Conservatives Will Miss Pope Benedict

G-Pa Chaz Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:23 AM
Actually, there’s a bit more to it than that, Ken. That’s one of the tougher questions facing the Church. I’m no theologian, but here goes . . . 1. The Church is imitating Christ. Christ only chose men to be apostles, the first bishops, and so the Church is following this example. 2. Realize that the priests represent Christ here on earth. Christ is called the groom, and His Church is His bride. Having a woman priest would be akin to having two brides, which is not marriage as instituted by God.

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...