Posted by Tom, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:03 am
I am interested in knowing where the present Pope will reside
during the remainder of his years.Will be admit himself to a Cloistered Monastery or will be remain within the Vatican grounds ?
He of course will continue to remain a Cardinal in the ranks of the Catholic Church as he steps down from being the Holy Father.Since he is so ill will he consider being admitted into Religious Infirmary
and having proper medical care ??
I admire His holiness for his humility and being honest with himself and his fellow Cardinals by stepping down. He is and will continue to be a great man in many people's eyes. let us keep him in our hearts and prayers.
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:12 am
The idea that he should expect compensation from the Church, either in cloistered monastery or on the Vatican grounds, strikes me as ludicrous. I don't give money to the Church to support a disgraced papal resident who claims to be God's voice on earth and then steps down with a cloud of suspicion over his head. Anybody ever hear of a 401K? For heaven's sake!
Posted by Frank Lynn, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:12 am
@ Tom - I heard on the news yesterday that he will remain on Vatican grounds in a special living quarters set up for him. From as cost-standpoint, this makes sense - I think there would be security issues if he went to live in a non-Vatican infirmary.
Plus, I don't think he's really ill ill, he's just not up for the demands of travel. I think it's great that he's setting a precedent that it's okay for the Pope to retire prior to his death.
Posted by Godless, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:33 am
Newsflash - The pope's personal butler, who has been sitting in a Vatican jailhouse for many months because of personal papers he stole from the Vatican, has released some of these documents to the press. These documents show that the pope himself has been accused of molesting children prior to his rise to the papacy. Prior to today's release, these documents had been concealed by the Roman Catholic Church.
There. Now you know why he's stepping down.
BTW - Do you know of any other local priests who have retired from the priesthood and/or active duties at an age earlier than most? Ever wonder why?
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm
If you want to criticize the church because it has relied upon union labor, that's one thing; but criticizing the church as a private institution, no way. But what does it matter to you, because you're going to hell anyway?
Posted by godlike, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm
godless, are all you irrelevant atheist minorities so hostile towards the rest of us, or did a person of faith step on your toes when you were little? Your belief in atheism is an act of faith just like the majority of people have faith in God. Even though you believe you were created magically out of a pile of goo somewhere in the universe, with no intervention from any higher being, you're faith is not much different from ours...except for the part where you're totally wrong.
Posted by godliness, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Feb 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm
Here is one reason I believe there is no god: children who suffer at the hands of adults. At a minimum, a god would make himself known to the family, let them know the child is in heaven. There is no merciful god who leaves a family to wonder where their child is, like Eileen Mishelhoff (and a tingly sense that all is taken care of doesn't counter the unnecessarily cruel death of the child). I can live with the inevitability of disease. I can live with not knowing where my dead relatives ended up. I can live with man's inhumanity to man. I cannot live with a god (and religions) who sees one child hurt and let's the perp live to hurt another child--particularly a man who is ordained as his representative. A god who allows just one person to repeat all the unspeakable offenses that happen to children does not deserve my belief, respect, or acknowledgment.
Posted by Scientist, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm
I rather liked the reasoning of godliness, and tend to agree. I'm rather 'fact based', and don't believe in fairy tales like santa and easter bunny.
ALL child molesters should be behind bars, including any coaches or priests....puzzling how some get a free pass for unlimited abuses.
I just hope the next guy can deal with the 'real' world of today and instead of promoting excessive breeding, stop the poverty caused by that excessive breeding, in the likes of Mexico and Haiti, then dumping those starving kids on US taxpayers. Condoms should be by every hymnal in the pews. Condoms prevent abortions....shouldn't intelligent people in the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY want to prevent abortions? There should not be another pope from the dark ages. Empty words about caring for the earth are quite hypocritical when over-population is destroying the earth, starving siblings, and breaking welfare. Time to deal with the realty.
Bishop Accountability is a database of Catholic priests & nuns who have sexually abused children and vulnerable adults. Thousands and thousands and thousands of Catholic clergy have been involved in destroying the lives American children and their families.
Other religions and their representatives have also committed sex crimes against children. Very few Americans are concerned about the rape of children by clergy. They may have feelings, but those feelings don't generally translate into actions that lead to the capture and imprisonment of the perpetrators. I have no explanation for why America's elected representative have remained largely silent re: child rape by clergy.
Posted by Scientist, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm
The links are interesting. There is a wide range of hypocrisies. The pope continuing to cause poverty and over-populating of earth beyond it's resourses, is cruel to mankind. Condoms PREVENT abortions... An intelligent, realistic pope is desperately needed in this twenty-first century. It's up to the people to demand it.... shame on the silence by the people on a number of issues, even silencing their own children. Shame. Intelligent people must speak up and out.