Pope Benedict to resign

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UPDATE: 1.15pm

Catholic MP Paul Murphy paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI after he announced his resignation today.

The Labour MP for Torfaen, who was made a papal Knight, said the pontiff was a “formidable theologian” after he became the first pope to announce he would stand down in nearly 600 years.

Mr Murphy said: “I was surprised to hear of Pope Benedict’s resignation today.

“Pope Benedict XVI is a formidable theologian and leader and I am confident that he has come to this decision after much consideration.

Paul Murphy, the former Northern Ireland and Welsh Secretary, is a Knight of the Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory and the Great.

UPDATE: 11.00am

THE POPE, Benedict XVI, will resign it was announced today. A papal spokesman has announced he will stand down on February 28th.

A statement said the pope is "fully aware of the gravity of the gesture."

The Pope is the first pontiff to resign in nearly 600 years and the decision means there must be a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
 

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals Monday morning.

He said that because of his advanced age and diminishing strength, he didn't feel he could carry on the job.

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12:20pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Does this mean that the pope will lose his immunity from prosecution enjoyed by the pontiff, and he can stand trial for his crimes against humanity?
Does this mean that the pope will lose his immunity from prosecution enjoyed by the pontiff, and he can stand trial for his crimes against humanity? Raymond Luxury-Yacht

12:38pm Mon 11 Feb 13

whatintheworld says...

We can only hope Raymond!
We can only hope Raymond! whatintheworld

12:59pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Perhaps the real reason is that he fell out with his female boss, Mary?;)
Perhaps the real reason is that he fell out with his female boss, Mary?;) Katie Re-Registered

1:02pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Jedi Master Katarn says...

I would imagine that the extradition laws in Vatican City's state will protect him from such legal action
I would imagine that the extradition laws in Vatican City's state will protect him from such legal action Jedi Master Katarn

3:28pm Mon 11 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

He looks like Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars series.
He looks like Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars series. smokintheweed

3:31pm Mon 11 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

It's rather misguided that the MP is paying tribute to a man that started off in the Hitler Youth and then went on to tell millions of impoverished people not to use any form of birth control too. That and the whole thing about the Catholic church being a massive paedophile ring.
It's rather misguided that the MP is paying tribute to a man that started off in the Hitler Youth and then went on to tell millions of impoverished people not to use any form of birth control too. That and the whole thing about the Catholic church being a massive paedophile ring. smokintheweed

3:53pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Paul Murphy, the former Northern Ireland and Welsh Secretary, is a Knight of the Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory and the Great."

Cool. Is that like a Jedi...?
"Paul Murphy, the former Northern Ireland and Welsh Secretary, is a Knight of the Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory and the Great." Cool. Is that like a Jedi...? Katie Re-Registered

5:14pm Mon 11 Feb 13

gatty says...

guess it time for that old devil himself.....TONY BLAIR .... come on down the time is right :)
guess it time for that old devil himself.....TONY BLAIR .... come on down the time is right :) gatty

6:47pm Mon 11 Feb 13

erudite says...

Having read all the comments so far, I can respect people who are 'atheists' or even 'agnostic.' But what I don't respect, are people who make fun of the Catholic judiciary. Inane comparisons like 'Jedi' and 'Star Wars' make me very angry and very sad too. I can't honestly say that Pope Benedict XVI was a favourite of mine, not because in was in the Hitler youth, but because he saw fit to change some very ancient prayers, replacing them with words that ordinary, ground roots people would not have understood. In other words, he is not in touch with the rest of the world. As for the lady who made her childish comment about 'female boss Mary'...............
.well it just proves that the word respect is now only in the dictionary and, sadly, rarely practised.
Having read all the comments so far, I can respect people who are 'atheists' or even 'agnostic.' But what I don't respect, are people who make fun of the Catholic judiciary. Inane comparisons like 'Jedi' and 'Star Wars' make me very angry and very sad too. I can't honestly say that Pope Benedict XVI was a favourite of mine, not because in was in the Hitler youth, but because he saw fit to change some very ancient prayers, replacing them with words that ordinary, ground roots people would not have understood. In other words, he is not in touch with the rest of the world. As for the lady who made her childish comment about 'female boss Mary'............... .well it just proves that the word respect is now only in the dictionary and, sadly, rarely practised. erudite

8:40pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

erudite: Since when has the pope been in touch with the world?
There is a senior QC in this country who believes the pope is not immune to prosecution and that Benedict XVI should be put on trial for protecting paedophiles because the church swore the victims to secrecy. Respect ? Ha! How can any decent person respect someone who tried to cover up such heinous crimes?
erudite: Since when has the pope been in touch with the world? There is a senior QC in this country who believes the pope is not immune to prosecution and that Benedict XVI should be put on trial for protecting paedophiles because the church swore the victims to secrecy. Respect ? Ha! How can any decent person respect someone who tried to cover up such heinous crimes? Raymond Luxury-Yacht

10:21pm Mon 11 Feb 13

schlep says...

Popes and ordained priests have no biblical mandate to do what they believe they do. Christ is the only mediator between man and God.
The history of the papacy should be a warning to people who choose to follow a sinful man rather than the sinless Christ.
I hope that the plain mr ratzinger has a happy retirement. Good for you in recognising your frailty. may God bless you sir.
Popes and ordained priests have no biblical mandate to do what they believe they do. Christ is the only mediator between man and God. The history of the papacy should be a warning to people who choose to follow a sinful man rather than the sinless Christ. I hope that the plain mr ratzinger has a happy retirement. Good for you in recognising your frailty. may God bless you sir. schlep

2:54am Tue 12 Feb 13

smokintheweed says...

erudite wrote:
Having read all the comments so far, I can respect people who are 'atheists' or even 'agnostic.' But what I don't respect, are people who make fun of the Catholic judiciary. Inane comparisons like 'Jedi' and 'Star Wars' make me very angry and very sad too. I can't honestly say that Pope Benedict XVI was a favourite of mine, not because in was in the Hitler youth, but because he saw fit to change some very ancient prayers, replacing them with words that ordinary, ground roots people would not have understood. In other words, he is not in touch with the rest of the world. As for the lady who made her childish comment about 'female boss Mary'...............

.well it just proves that the word respect is now only in the dictionary and, sadly, rarely practised.
'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so ******* what?' —Stephen Fry
[quote][p][bold]erudite[/bold] wrote: Having read all the comments so far, I can respect people who are 'atheists' or even 'agnostic.' But what I don't respect, are people who make fun of the Catholic judiciary. Inane comparisons like 'Jedi' and 'Star Wars' make me very angry and very sad too. I can't honestly say that Pope Benedict XVI was a favourite of mine, not because in was in the Hitler youth, but because he saw fit to change some very ancient prayers, replacing them with words that ordinary, ground roots people would not have understood. In other words, he is not in touch with the rest of the world. As for the lady who made her childish comment about 'female boss Mary'............... .well it just proves that the word respect is now only in the dictionary and, sadly, rarely practised.[/p][/quote]'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so ******* what?' —Stephen Fry smokintheweed

10:38pm Tue 12 Feb 13

erudite says...

smokeinthe weed................
.who mentioned being offended? Perhaps you need to go to Specsavers. No, you NEED to go to Specsavers.
smokeinthe weed................ .who mentioned being offended? Perhaps you need to go to Specsavers. No, you NEED to go to Specsavers. erudite

11:39pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Well I am offended by people such as "erudite" who support the "catholic" viewpoint and find teh need to put atheists and agnostics in inverted commas. Well what about us Satanists, why has he left us out? We are a far more potent voice up here in Blaenau Gwent, than the "christians" who are now in the minority.!

Knowledge means progress for mankind, resist "christianity" and see the true way.
Well I am offended by people such as "erudite" who support the "catholic" viewpoint and find teh need to put atheists and agnostics in inverted commas. Well what about us Satanists, why has he left us out? We are a far more potent voice up here in Blaenau Gwent, than the "christians" who are now in the minority.! Knowledge means progress for mankind, resist "christianity" and see the true way. Raymond Luxury-Yacht

6:27pm Wed 13 Feb 13

erudite says...

Well Raymond, what can I say? You said it all. Hopefully, the Satanic bit was tongue in cheek?! But, as we all know, Christianity is the most practised faith in the whole world. Didn't know that Raymond? Well, you do now!
Yes, I am a practising Roman Catholic, and VERY proud of it. Please don't try spouting forth about your knowledge of religion, as you will look an even bigger idiot than you do already!
Well Raymond, what can I say? You said it all. Hopefully, the Satanic bit was tongue in cheek?! But, as we all know, Christianity is the most practised faith in the whole world. Didn't know that Raymond? Well, you do now! Yes, I am a practising Roman Catholic, and VERY proud of it. Please don't try spouting forth about your knowledge of religion, as you will look an even bigger idiot than you do already! erudite

9:26pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Check 2011 Census In Blaenau Gwent: Fact: Christians in a minority up here, Just as I said.
Check 2011 Census In Blaenau Gwent: Fact: Christians in a minority up here, Just as I said. Raymond Luxury-Yacht

2:11pm Sat 16 Feb 13

P C Neilson says...

erudite wrote:
Well Raymond, what can I say? You said it all. Hopefully, the Satanic bit was tongue in cheek?! But, as we all know, Christianity is the most practised faith in the whole world. Didn't know that Raymond? Well, you do now!
Yes, I am a practising Roman Catholic, and VERY proud of it. Please don't try spouting forth about your knowledge of religion, as you will look an even bigger idiot than you do already!
Well now you're going to be really offended, because although you might call me an "atheist" I consider myself a full blown "anti-theist" because I'm "gnostic" about how "vile" your religion is. Brace yourself, because the truth is known to hurt your type.

When Michael Jackson was accused of sexually abusing children, it damaged your love for M.J. didn't it? You wouldn't have a Garry Glitter album if it was free, and you aren't sad that he isn't on the radio anymore.

When Jimmy Saville was found to be fixing kids (sic), the catholic church wanted to cut their much treasured affiliation with him, disown him. (something that is near impossible to get done yourself once baptised).

The irony of this could only be lost on someone so lacking in empathy and morals, that they would stick proudly with a club that promotes, starvation, racism, teen pregnancy, HIV, mental illness, mass murder and child rape. Offended by the words 'child rape'? I know, catholics prefer the term 'child abuse' it's so much more palatable eh. "Normal" people are offended that they get away with it, and still have a loyal following.

Pick any of the above and I will be happy to eviscerate you with your own immoral stance on said topic.

Not only does your faith deserve its labels, it also deserves a great deal more than merely being mocked. If there is a god, no "good" catholic is going to heaven.

I do hope you are offended, because the rest of the world is offended too.
[quote][p][bold]erudite[/bold] wrote: Well Raymond, what can I say? You said it all. Hopefully, the Satanic bit was tongue in cheek?! But, as we all know, Christianity is the most practised faith in the whole world. Didn't know that Raymond? Well, you do now! Yes, I am a practising Roman Catholic, and VERY proud of it. Please don't try spouting forth about your knowledge of religion, as you will look an even bigger idiot than you do already![/p][/quote]Well now you're going to be really offended, because although you might call me an "atheist" I consider myself a full blown "anti-theist" because I'm "gnostic" about how "vile" your religion is. Brace yourself, because the truth is known to hurt your type. When Michael Jackson was accused of sexually abusing children, it damaged your love for M.J. didn't it? You wouldn't have a Garry Glitter album if it was free, and you aren't sad that he isn't on the radio anymore. When Jimmy Saville was found to be fixing kids (sic), the catholic church wanted to cut their much treasured affiliation with him, disown him. (something that is near impossible to get done yourself once baptised). The irony of this could only be lost on someone so lacking in empathy and morals, that they would stick proudly with a club that promotes, starvation, racism, teen pregnancy, HIV, mental illness, mass murder and child rape. Offended by the words 'child rape'? I know, catholics prefer the term 'child abuse' it's so much more palatable eh. "Normal" people are offended that they get away with it, and still have a loyal following. Pick any of the above and I will be happy to eviscerate you with your own immoral stance on said topic. Not only does your faith deserve its labels, it also deserves a great deal more than merely being mocked. If there is a god, no "good" catholic is going to heaven. I do hope you are offended, because the rest of the world is offended too. P C Neilson

2:18pm Sat 16 Feb 13

P C Neilson says...

Your pope needs his bullet proof box, for he has a lot to answer for.
Your pope needs his bullet proof box, for he has a lot to answer for. P C Neilson

4:10pm Sat 16 Feb 13

P C Neilson says...

erudite wrote:
Well Raymond, what can I say? You said it all. Hopefully, the Satanic bit was tongue in cheek?! But, as we all know, Christianity is the most practised faith in the whole world. Didn't know that Raymond? Well, you do now!
Yes, I am a practising Roman Catholic, and VERY proud of it. Please don't try spouting forth about your knowledge of religion, as you will look an even bigger idiot than you do already!
"But, as we all know, Christianity is the most practised faith in the whole world. Didn't know that Raymond?"

Atheists make up a large population of the world too. Out of the entire population that believe in sky gods, only one third of that deluded bunch are Christian. Not so big huh?

But even smaller when you consider that your cult (sorry faith) is only ONE of FORTY THOUSAND factions of christianity. So a itty bitty group in the grander scale of things then.

Now consider that the few people in 'your' cult was lucky to be born into a tradition that loves Yahweh the right way. The other christians and two thirds of the world are screwed eh? Not to mention all the atheist babies that are going to be tortured and burned 'forever!' 11,343,239,923 just in chinese people alone. Tough luck for them too.

Yahweh is a jerk and anyone who would want to spend an eternity of surfdom at his side is not only an idiot, but quite disgusting moraly too.
[quote][p][bold]erudite[/bold] wrote: Well Raymond, what can I say? You said it all. Hopefully, the Satanic bit was tongue in cheek?! But, as we all know, Christianity is the most practised faith in the whole world. Didn't know that Raymond? Well, you do now! Yes, I am a practising Roman Catholic, and VERY proud of it. Please don't try spouting forth about your knowledge of religion, as you will look an even bigger idiot than you do already![/p][/quote]"But, as we all know, Christianity is the most practised faith in the whole world. Didn't know that Raymond?" Atheists make up a large population of the world too. Out of the entire population that believe in sky gods, only one third of that deluded bunch are Christian. Not so big huh? But even smaller when you consider that your cult (sorry faith) is only ONE of FORTY THOUSAND factions of christianity. So a itty bitty group in the grander scale of things then. Now consider that the few people in 'your' cult was lucky to be born into a tradition that loves Yahweh the right way. The other christians and two thirds of the world are screwed eh? Not to mention all the atheist babies that are going to be tortured and burned 'forever!' 11,343,239,923 just in chinese people alone. Tough luck for them too. Yahweh is a jerk and anyone who would want to spend an eternity of surfdom at his side is not only an idiot, but quite disgusting moraly too. P C Neilson

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