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The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

tomloreo Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 2:34 PM
You're right, Catholics are not taught to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is something we know for a fact from the time of our earliest remembrance as children and something we know throughout our lives. Your presumptions and challenges are beneath any God fearing soul as you know not what you speak or do. So Father, forgive them, for they know not what they speak.

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,...