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The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

tomloreo Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 1:05 PM
"Since you say you see.... your sin remains". You have no ability or right to judge whether or not Pope Benedict XVI or Pope John Paul II have been saved by being "born again" of the Spirit. My best guess is they have, certainly their lives of devotion, faith in Jesus and love of every soul on earth, remain a far cry from those who sit back on their comfy cozy chairs responding to such leaders of the Faith after a good football game and a couple of beers, then spew words from the bible, that they clearly do not understand. Nor does the Lord need me to stand up for His Church on earth, the keys to which were given to St. Peter and his successor Popes of the Catholic Church. The gates of hell will not prevail against this Church.

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,...