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The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

tomloreo Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 1:54 PM
Gee, I thought (with our free will and all) it was up to each individual person on earth, through the Grace of God, to decide whether they choose to know and serve God and follow Jesus Christ. I do believe God has left that decision, to each and every one of us here on earth. Including Popes and plain unadorned bible believing followers. The Church does not portend to arbitrate any such thing. His Church's primary role is to follow the directions given to the Apostles by Jesus Christ during His time on earth.

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,...