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Guy was a proper cunt though, so no great loss. Yeah?
does that mean some proper shit's gonna go down or something.
i'm guessing paedos
but it is allowed. Last Pope to do this was in 1294!
But his views were from 1294 anyway so you know.
Nice one, weirdo!
Giving things up for lent starts Wednesday.
watch for the news story in a few months to come about him being uber paedo. A trip to Paddy Power is calling.
Of all the bookmakers...
1) Protecting and excusing paedos
2) Speaking out against stem cell research
3) Telling people condoms spread AIDS
4) Actively opposing gay relationships
5) Nazi past
What a top guy.
yes, he was in the Hitler Youth, but SO WAS EVERYBODY BECAUSE IT WAS COMPULSORY AND RUN BY A MURDEROUS REGIME
he could have headbutted bez
the sequel to the fake sheikh
It could be he's resigning to instigate massive reform of the church, maybe an apology for being a big bunch of paedos and fascists, but then again maybe not.
`just realised I don't beleive in god in the slightest. seeya later.`
he's got a point
which is forcing him to resign. Either that or he's got an illness or something.
it wouldn't be a successful thread without your sarcastic comments popping up.
Pope is Pope ill or not. Look as John Paul II.
You're meant to do it until you die. He's obviously been pushed. Dunno why. There's a record of him protecting / hiding paedos in the church from way back. I guess he's seen as a legacy of that.
Still good luck in them finding a senior figure in the church to be next Pope who hasn't covered up the abuse. It was everywhere.
they know that if they do otherwise they will get their immoral asses sued to fuck. And no amount of fleecing of their parishoners would pay for the compensation bill.
you don't think that's grounds for speculating that something might be prompting it other than he's getting on a bit? fair enough
The rarer and more unlikely an event, the more difficult it is to speculate what the cause of it is. Pretty ridiculous to think that an event rare enough for no living person to have any experience of has an immediately 'obvious' cause, when you think about it.
good luck with this
Back in those days a lot of popes would die in animal attacks or in duels before they reached retirement age.
This one hasn't had to deal with that.
Bet they'd have a media blackout even if they found out he was a paedo
soz lads, reet poorly :'(
Cross your fingers for a mega-scandal if you want though.
Everyone dies in office. That's the point. Illness is part of the role.
We won't find out the truth though. Weirdly, the Catholic church isn't that down with openness.
And God said, "Oh bugger off and let me get someone in with some BACKBONE," or something?
This has thrown everybody's preparation into disarray.
That'll be it.
nice try though
*starts crumping in the office*
the font's about size 30 for the headline
Dark night of the soul was just too much for him, he couldn't keep the faith.
This is all very interesting indeed.
This is the most boring news story that's ever happened
If he was 13 no-one would care so much about him bumming all those choirboys.
with my urge to brutally murder adults who can't talk about it without sounding like 13 year-olds who've had their Playstations taken off them for bad behaviour
as mentioned above.
He hasn't resigned because he's ill. That's what the church are saying. Everyone believes it.
Imagine believing the catholic church!
from reading this thread it seems very few believe it, and are desperate for it to not be the case.
like, old european architecture
Jokes and everything are expected, obviously, but there seems to be a real desire for some major scandal here. Is this normal for events like this, or am I (as a person raised as Catholic in the west of Scotland who therefore sees everything through a prism of religious bigotry) being over-sensitive?
but i can't work out whether it's that people want there to be a shit storm or they want there to be a shit storm BECAUSE a lot of terrible things happened (theoretically? idk) and they want it outted
The Catholic Church are a massive bunch of cunts, a scandal big enough to prompt a little bit of self-examination would be, on the whole, A Good Thig. Won't happen, but you can see why people want it to.
The tin foil hat brigade are obviously well up for it though.
i'm no expert on the catholic church and what does or doesn't go on behind closed doors.
I find it quite staggering how ian entire religion can seemingly be fair game for condemnation on the basis of the actions of a few.
Probably that fat cunt Paisley.
it's cuntishness that's been ingrained institutionally for a considerable length of time
also the church =/= followers of the religion
The idea that a pope whose entire papacy has been marred by scandal and controversy, and who has had that scandal not just tolerated by the church and a great many followers but actively defended, has a skeleton in the closet so huge that he has no option but to immediately resign, AND that he has the knowledge that this skeleton is about to be outed AND that resigning in fact makes any difference to his apparent predicament is ... Well, it's a bit out there. Asking for a lot of unlikely elements to come together.
Far simpler explanation is that he's too old and frail to do the job that a modern pope is expected to. Sure, there's not been a papal resignation for 900 years. But back then you weren't expected to constantly travel around the world waving at a bunch of dickheads.
the last bro was pretty frail by the end though wasn't he?
oh, I dunno. I got a little place somewhere up in the hills that I've been meaning to go to for a while now. My days of raising hell are over. I think I'm just gonna find me a nice woman and... work on watercolors.
*the pope looks out into the middle distance and sighs as a contemplative half-smile spreads across his face*
[after the credits]
*subtitle reads "somewhere in italy, 2023"*
*churchbells ring as italy's first married gay couple step out of the church hand in hand*
*camera cuts to a modest cottage in the hills*
*jump cuts accentuated with gunshot noises as vestements, a mitre and a crozier are adorned on an unidentified figure*
*figure turns out to be pope benny the second!*
voiceover: THE POPE WILL RETURN THIS FALL IN 'The re-born supremacy"
The pope has been offered a 'golden parachute' resignation deal by the vatican, sources say.
It is rumored that the holy father will receive '+30 serenity, + 25 peacefulness as well as eternal-lifelong access to the holy trinity'.
One low level catholic was reported as saying 'This just simply isn't fair. I didn't get into this game for the perks, other than the love of jesus of course, but I was made to believe that God rewarded his flock equally when we reached the pearly gates. I'm starting to think i've been in the wrong game all along. I'm thinking of going to ask that muslim lot if they can throw me a couple of extra virgins when I die and go to... whatever their version of heaven is called... if I agree to sign with them".
Until end of Vatican season 2013.
Had to go. Early specualation he could take over at Blackburn or fill the gap at Young Boys.
But i just wanted to say that i really love the word CONCLAVE.
and even though I know it means "with key" or whatever, to me it will always conjure up images of secret meetings of a shady cabal hidden somewhere in a remote mountain range
but I still hold onto it nonetheless
that although he's been appointed by God as His voice on Earth (or whatever the dogma says), his final act is basically to stick two fingers up to the big man upstairs.
to spend more time with his family
I liked him in Sherlock.
"the ex popes".
SRSLY I thought he couldnt resign....he is after all infallable and even old age illness is something surely sent by god as bing part of life.....in the past they've been on tentahooks as the old duffers have clung on.
Where does this put Papal infallibility....or the idea that god communicates diretly though him?
Perhaps they might get with it and have a new Gay Pope (non practicing of coursse)
or a woman pope (non practicing, of course)
I heard he is going to be taking up a new full time vocation of appearing in fleeting glances to Mezut Ozil to freak him into thinking that he has glimpsed his future self.
but if you think you're getting the popemobile you are sorely mistaken
(tbh he's prob just ill isn't he...)
It's more likely to be related to money laundering rather than sex abuse, I think. Last month the Bank of Italy banned credit card transactions in the Vatican due to financial impropriety, and that business with the Pope's butler being arrested related to alleged corruption too.
If he needed he can just put his papal ring on his *ic* before meeting a load of nuns
But the money was just resting in my account...
to continue to live for so long in the first place, let alone being able to have so much power in his name.
Perhaps the popes power and papal privilage, actually disproves the existance of a benificent god? Unless such things have been sent to try us.
they seem to love piling on other things. Why didnt they demand the popes resignation earlier (I didnt say earlier as I was unaware that retirement was an option, I thought it was for;lyf
I knew about this sort of thing before.
But hearing it from an individual made me angry afresh.
why didnt the horrible old scrote (the pope) apologise for this as well? well because the church werent made to apologise, thats why, if it becomes that it will suit their purpose then they will apologise, but we can tell their craven intent.
They could have made a clean breast of it when they were 'apologising' grudgingly for the abuse of minors in the more salicious ways, but no
so until it threatens to become damaging to them they probably wont say sorry, because they are nasty
as they do not confess to their sins.
God will not be satisfied by something they might whisper in a confession box, when they deny publically to the institutional evil that they practiced
he's no friend of mine!
from prosecution by the Italian government.