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    Posted February 13, 2013 by
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    Catholics: Your views on new pope

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    BEST WISHES to POPE BENEDICT in RETIREMENT

     

    Good for Pope Benedict. He saw what happened with his beloved predecessor, Pope John Paul, and how an aging Pope becoming increasingly enfeebled in office is not good.

     

    Personally, I do not understand how an ailing 85-year old man can even keep up with all the Papal duties. Add in the pacemaker and you have a situation that cries for a remedy.

     

    Where does it say at Vatican City that a Pope in office needs to ride out his term as Holy See until he goes to meet his maker? No where that I know of. A vital Pontiff is necessary to keep up the appearances of a vital church. Having an invalid going through the motions is not what the Marion-worshipers require to keep their millions of congregants connected with the church.

     

    I grew up a very fervent Catholic and once considered becoming a nun myself, like my auntie. I still attend Catholic Mass at Christmas and Easter but the rest of my Sundays are spent attending a youth oriented Church my kids like, or out of force of habit, The Rock Church.

     

    Still, my heart swells with love for the Pope. Perhaps the weekly catechism classes and devout parents had a big effect on me. But I wish our Pope well and hope that he is able to live out the last of his earthly years in restful repose and reflection.

     

    When it was announced that Pope Benedict was going to be on Twitter, I immediately started following him. Perhaps there was some Vatican City flunky pumping out his tweets but one that caught my eye the day of his Latin resignation speech stayed with me.

     

    In it, the Pontiff (or his official Tweeter) posted a Biblical New Testament quote that left me with the feeling that our Pontiff felt like he has let God down by quitting.

     

    "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,'" Romans 3:23. Benedict is doing what he thinks is right and even though lightening struck the Vatican on the day of the resignation announcement, God is understanding of human shortcomings & frailties.

     

    The Pope should not feel that he is "falling short" of the "Glory of God," and he must do what he feels i right for himself and his flock. I pray that Pope Benedict accepts that it is preferable to go gracefully into a benign retirement rather than fade sadly away in the public eye like John Paul did.

     

    His service at Saint Peter's Basilica is something to be justifiably proud of. GBU (God Bless You) @Benedict XVI ‏@Pontifex. xoxo

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