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Church Puzzles Over
Role of Ex-Pope

Wall Street Journal, by Stacy Meichtry

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VATICAN CITY—The looming retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, who will soon become the first living ex-pontiff in some six centuries, has created a quandary for the Roman Catholic Church: What to make of a former pope who will continue to live under the roof of a new one? Wednesday provided two examples of how the former officeholder could cast a shadow over his successor´s work. Pope Benedict was likely to take the sensitive step of appointing a new chief of the Vatican bank, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said—a move that would leave the next pontiff

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I´m not a Catholic, so I have no opinion to offer, but I thought this article exposed some interesting situations that could arise from two popes in one Vatican.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/14/2013 12:07:42 PM     (No. 9176143)

What OP commented. An interesting article on the ramifications of two popes effectively under one roof. Apparently they have no precedent. And Benedict has aleady been renovating and preparing the place where he plans to live. He knew what he was planning to do.

The new pope has to approve his living there.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 2/14/2013 12:11:54 PM     (No. 9176152)

Somehow, I don´t seen Benedict bothering the new Pope. I have a feeling he will be praying, studying and writing. Maybe we will have a new book from him. I do hope so. He is a lucid and luminous writer.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Dreamzzzs, 2/14/2013 12:18:49 PM     (No. 9176166)

"How do you solve a problem like Maria...?"

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/14/2013 12:22:59 PM     (No. 9176170)

There will be one Pope!

I doubt the "Church" is puzzling over anything and wish the media would just shut up!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: calgrammy, 2/14/2013 12:23:28 PM     (No. 9176173)

Trust the Holy Spirit.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/14/2013 12:25:02 PM     (No. 9176180)

That´s a tough one when you have a "Man-God". Gods don´t retire.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tisHimself, 2/14/2013 12:25:07 PM     (No. 9176181)

People envision this as being some sort of White House like changing of administrations. It is a new guy, with new energy familiar with the traditions and machinations of the Vatican moving in. A brilliant, modest, spiritual guy moves to a smaller house in the same neighborhood. How is that problematic?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/14/2013 12:31:37 PM     (No. 9176202)

Like Edward VIII became Duke of Windsor, Benedict could become Cardinal again.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/14/2013 12:39:35 PM     (No. 9176226)

He gets a modest apartment in the Vatican. Look at the place, it´s massive. One small apartment can´t be that hard to find. Let the man retire in peace and prayer.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: msjena, 2/14/2013 12:50:59 PM     (No. 9176257)

I also doubt there is much puzzling over this.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: farmwife, 2/14/2013 12:59:52 PM     (No. 9176284)

The pope is not a Man-god. He is a servant of God. You are showing your ignorance.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: octrojan, 2/14/2013 1:27:29 PM     (No. 9176338)

A non-issue. Benedict will be an asset, not a problem. More like, say, Bush 41 than, say, Jimmah Carter as ex-presidents.

And yes, #6 embarrassed himself with his ignorance.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/14/2013 1:36:40 PM     (No. 9176359)

I think #2 is right. Cardinal Ratzinger was a serious scholar and an accomplished author. That is his character, IMHO. He will be an asset to the new Pontiff, not a problem.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bob913, 2/14/2013 1:38:19 PM     (No. 9176360)

He can spend time with children... oh wait : )

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Reply 15 - Posted by: columba, 2/14/2013 1:48:59 PM     (No. 9176385)

There is only one pope. If one retires, he is no longer the pope. The pope is the supreme (earthly) head of a Church which has outlasted the Roman empire and which will outlast the United States.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: nenamldu, 2/14/2013 2:33:34 PM     (No. 9176487)

Mortality and/or senility will be at play here soon enough so that no one will have to fret!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: fairplay, 2/14/2013 2:33:43 PM     (No. 9176489)

My guess is that the next Pope will be Cardinal Agostino Vallini.

He seems to be Pope Benedict´s buddy and Benedict may have some imput at the conclave, an opportunity that most Popes never had because they were dead!

Vallini is the vicar general of Rome and has a big role in promoting Pope John Paul II ´s Sainthood, a cause much desired by Pope Benedict.

Vallini was born in Poli near Rome in the Province of Rome.

St. Malachy says the next Pope could be " Peter The Roman".

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Gretchen, 2/14/2013 2:36:19 PM     (No. 9176503)

The anti-Catholic comments used to bother me. But, as a convert, I understand where they are coming from...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dman, 2/14/2013 2:37:41 PM     (No. 9176506)

They´ll work it out. Pope Benedict did the right thing. (I wish some of our judges and justices would take the hint.)

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/14/2013 2:43:00 PM     (No. 9176519)

Yes, he did do the right thing in retiring.
600 years ago the life span was what? about 39?
The risk of having a Pope develop Alzeihmers or dementia is too great. Better to retire, perhaps at 75 ..

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Reply 21 - Posted by: OhMy, 2/14/2013 3:46:35 PM     (No. 9176657)

There will be one Pope and one Ex Pope. Bishop Ratzinger will have a honoured position of retirement in the Church nothing more. I don´t think he will do anything to make problems for the new Pope because of his position. It is good to see that the peaceful transfer of power can still happen in the world. May God bless him for whatever time is left to him.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/14/2013 4:05:14 PM     (No. 9176692)

Since Benedict chose to retire due to his failing health, I can´t imagine his presence will be for very long. As others have said, he is a scholar, and will probably devote his remaining time to prayer and study.

#14, that is offensive and uncalled for.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: KTWO, 2/14/2013 4:36:22 PM     (No. 9176751)

There is no crisis here except for the media´s need to manufacture stories every day.

I am surprised he will live at the Vatican. But it won´t matter. It may be as simple as having medical care already in place there.

LOL #3. Right #4.





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Reply 24 - Posted by: provide, 2/14/2013 6:41:54 PM     (No. 9176943)

He´ll go on the professional bridge tournament circuit.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/14/2013 6:49:46 PM     (No. 9176956)

He´s going to live at Mater Ecclesiae monastery in nearby St. Peter´s,

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Reply 26 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/14/2013 6:57:43 PM     (No. 9176967)

Secularists pondering something of which they haven´t a clue.

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