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Why Social Conservatives Will Miss Pope Benedict

zapf99 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 2:17 AM
http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=49412 "The memos discuss things such as keeping an accused priest out of the state for fear of arrest and prosecution, both criminal and civil, as well as discussions related to priests who were known pedophiles. Several pedophile priests were sent to rehabilitation programs [by Mahoney] in the 1980s. Authorities were never contacted." Uh, who's lying?

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...