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Why Social Conservatives Will Miss Pope Benedict

samplin Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:36 AM
How I hope that those conservatives vote accordingly.
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 1:07 PM

One important thing everybody ignores todaay.

Popes can bee liberal by comparison to others in the distant past. Or more traditional, less liberal.

But ALL popes and the Catholic Church's Magisterium, are in the spiritual care and protection of God the Holy Spirit.

There is no wayward pope.

Only those events the Holy Spirit permits can indeed happen. This is why the Church is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. Not because she chooses suitable popes. It only takes FAITH to see this inevitable truth. Jesus Christ keeps His every promise to the faithful.

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...