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    Posted February 14, 2013 by
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    Catholics: Your views on new pope

    a great Pope


    When news broke out on tv about Pope Benedict's impending resignation, i was stunned andcould only stare at the tv screen in utter disbelief. Ever since he was Josef Cardinal Ratzinger, i have been a huge fan because he strikes me as being a very loyal Catholic, true to his church and to church law, which was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ and a traditionalist. He is a man of principle and does not compromise the teachings of the church to satisfy the urges of some people who are bent on destroying the moral fabric of the Catholic Church which has been preserved for centuries, from the time of St Peter, who was the first Vicar of the church. I screamed my lungs out when Pope Benedict was announced as being elected the next Pope and i was almost walking on air. I rushed to get pictures of him which i have framed and is hung in my house, a gesture which i have never done with any other Pope. I have always dedicated a prayer for him every morning when i go to work as i know his reign will not be long enough due to his age. However i did not expect the sudden announcement. I had planned to take out some of my retirement savings to go with my family to the Vatican next year, and secrely hope to get a glimpse of him. Now my plans are all dashed and i feel so demotivated. There is such a magnificent aura about him that sometimes he looks so angelic and i feel he's really so spiritual and religious at the same time, a difficult combination but one which we ordinary mortals must seek to attain throughout our ordinary lives. One is incomplete without the other. Having said that, i feel we must respect his decision and leave this great person to spend his time alone with the Lord in tranquility and quiet reflection. We owe that much to him. He attracts crowds because the people can feel his humility and his almost shy bashful exterior. Probably the only ones who may not like him are women who are greedy for power and refuse to follow in the footsteps of our Blessed Mother Mary, lapsed Catholics who do not know their own faith enough and criticise it, lazy people who do not want to obey church law, those who want to have sex but prefer to kill their unborn babies later and who think what they are doing is modern, gays who want to be married, totally disobeying God's commandments and just ordinary people who refuse to appreciate the magnificence and beauty of the Catholic Church and God's Holy Laws enacted through St Peter and who now want the new pope to be elected on basis of race or continent and not capability.

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