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Pope Retirement Debate

Post by Amy » Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:16 pm

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -- Pope John Paul's latest illness has raised the question of what the Church would do if he were permanently incapacitated -- and reopened debate over whether Popes should retire instead of reigning for life...Melloni and other Church historians do not think a fixed age for papal retirement will be set in the future, but say a candidate for the papacy may be asked by fellow cardinals about his position on possible retirement for health reasons. However, some Catholics believe the Pope is a father figure indirectly chosen by God, and so should reign to his dying day.
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I just want to know what you all think about this. I'm not Catholic, but I see both sides to the story. Should there be a point when a pope is forced to retire if he is incapacitated, or should he be Pope for life, and then at times when he is unable to rule, a Head Cardinal or something should make decisions for him? What do you think they should do? Anything?

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Post by T-Shirt » Fri Feb 25, 2005 6:34 am

so now the pope will have to mime...

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Post by LVCapo » Fri Feb 25, 2005 6:42 am

oh man, that is so wrong...
I personally think he should be retired. He is a great man that has done alot of incredible things, but unfortunately time has just caught up to him and he can't do his job anymore.

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Post by FZ1 » Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:21 am

I'm sure that never stopped any previous Pope. Pope on...
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Post by infinitevalence » Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:06 pm

Vstrom wrote:Pope on...
Im not so sure that being pope is like LARPing. But its good for a laugh.
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Post by T-Shirt » Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:24 pm

capper5016 wrote:oh man, that is so wrong...
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Why is it wrong?
I mean he must have the 'inside the glass box" thing down by now, just from riding in the Pope Mobile.

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Post by Amy » Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:35 pm

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