Benedict XVI calls it quits!

Pope Benedict XVI says he will resign on Feb. 28, citing age and his deteriorating strength, making him the first pontiff to step down in almost 600 years.

In a statement on Vatican Radio's website Monday, the 85-year-old Pope said his health is the reason for the surprise announcement.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the Pope said.

Benedict said his strength, over the last few months, "has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me."

The head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Benedict said he was "well aware of the seriousness of this act."

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    Saw this yesterday on Yahoo: "Moved and Touched" Seems like the motto for any good clergyman.
    popeyboy - benedict xvi calls it quits!

    • Math
    • February 12, 2013, 3:46 pm
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    Ember bets he was blackmailed with blackmail.

    • ember
    • February 11, 2013, 6:25 pm
    - CrazyJay February 18, 2013, 7:07 am
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    personally i'm a bit suspicious about the reasoning, i'm thinkin along ember's lines. it's something in the back. i mean, what would make someone like that give up so much power...

    • February 11, 2013, 8:44 pm
    Ember agrees with MIKYTEY agreeing with Ember. Ember would bet money that someone knows something. Ember wants to know what that something is. The pope is probably into furry porn and doesn't want anyone to know. And the next pope is the one who is blackmailing him. Or someone who wants who ever is the next pope to be the next pope blackmailed him.
    - ember February 11, 2013, 8:52 pm
    Or it's a possibility he's a good man/christian and realized he is too unhealthy for that job anymore. It's very possible there are some background shenanigans we can't see though.
    - Jofus1992 February 12, 2013, 1:32 am
    if we go with history no sort of scandal or blackmail has ever taken a pope down im gonna actually go with he's telling the truth on this one
    - Tremp20k February 12, 2013, 1:48 pm
    I find it very doubtful that the pope is being blackmailed. While he may be the first pope to resign in a VERY long time, i feel like he is smart to resign. Old people need to not do jobs. Here in 'murica, we retire around 65.
    - arrowdodger7 February 12, 2013, 2:39 pm
    There is a first time for everything. Besides what if he killed the sun and someone has evidence that all we are looking at is a picture under a helicopter of the sun.
    - ember February 12, 2013, 8:53 pm
    history is written by the victors, if the catholic elite decide he isn't malleable enough anymore they could blackmail him. it's amazing what people will do for power, and power over so many people is a hefty whip to crack.
    - MIKYTEY February 12, 2013, 10:00 pm
    Jeez you guys are paranoid as hell im not a catholic anymore and i still believe him
    - Tremp20k February 13, 2013, 3:19 am
    He doesn't have a great track record, Tremp. When he was head of the doctrine of the faith (Inquisition) He pretty much had every sex scandal involving a priest cross his desk, yet unlike any decent human being, he covered it up rather than handing these people over to the police (The same could be said about his predecessors though.)

    I imagine he was pressured into resignation, but for good reason. He's done nothing to help the churches image. I figure they need someone who is willing to reform the church, Benny isn't the guy for the job.
    - CrazyJay February 13, 2013, 7:23 am
    Bad health hasn't stopped any other pope. They just keep at it till they die.
    - CrazyJay February 13, 2013, 2:15 pm
    i still dont think he was pressured ya hes not the best dude and a lot of people didnt like his appointment but i believe that he wanted to step down he was John Paul II's to guy and probably saw a lot of possible embarrassing things he did in his advanced age and didnt want to further embarrass the church
    - Tremp20k February 13, 2013, 2:33 pm
    Why does that matter. He's a different person. If you and I worked identical jobs and we both got terminally ill you and I may end up leaving due to our health at different times.
    - Jofus1992 February 13, 2013, 3:42 pm
    Okay, but lets assume your job is head of a company that's fallen on hard times, seriously needs to change it's global image and you were implicated in a lot of their problems. (Like covering up pedophilia.) If you stepped down, would people not assume there was more to it than health?
    - CrazyJay February 14, 2013, 9:10 am
    Who cares what people assume?
    - Jofus1992 February 14, 2013, 12:18 pm
    You'd think the Church would, since it's their rep.
    - CrazyJay February 15, 2013, 3:56 pm
    I see your point but he probably just felt he was too sickly to continue his duties. It would be the responsible thing for him to do. I'm not saying there couldn't be any dirty dealings going on behind the curtains but why assume the worst? I'm not Catholic so I have no dealings with the Pope or anything like that so it really doesn't really affect me anyways though.
    - Jofus1992 February 15, 2013, 7:54 pm
    Well, I made a comment to Tremp about this. But that aside, as a former catholic, I make an effort to pay attention to what the catholic church does. Which is partiality why I'm no longer catholic. They do/allow things that (as a reasonable/decent human being) make me disinclined to associate with them. Pedophilia is just one reason among many.

    That said, John Paul II and every pope before him for the last several hundred years didn't resign. They were popes until they died. Popes don't just step down when they aren't feeling so hot, you know?
    - CrazyJay February 15, 2013, 9:31 pm
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    • Ertrov
    • February 11, 2013, 6:38 pm
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    This is how we germans do it. When we know we cant do the job properly we wont do it.
    If Hitler would've been a real german he would've quit 1941

    • Vans
    • February 11, 2013, 6:59 pm
    so that's where i get my ability to quit every hard task before barely starting it! :D
    - Fail4424 February 12, 2013, 10:04 pm
    do it perfect or stop trying XD
    - Vans February 13, 2013, 12:24 pm
    I think Hitler was Austrian, so there's you problem! XD
    - CrazyJay February 14, 2013, 9:17 am
    that is why I said "if hitler would've been a real german" because he wasnt
    - Vans February 14, 2013, 11:11 am
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    Good for him. He just wants to relive some of his youth before he dies.

    • taez555
    • February 11, 2013, 7:35 pm
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