Pope Benedict Stepping Down in Shocking Abdication

Time to stop sending ambassadors to the Vatican.  Sending ambassadors to the Vatican is a clear violation of the wall of separation between church and state.  The office is currently vacant so now would be a good time to end the practice started under Reagan in 1984.

The Catholic Church has come to resemble a criminal enterprise specializing in child rape.  The role model for the pope seems to be Rodrigo Borgia.

The level of hubris involved in appointing a former Hitler Youth to the office of pope was stunning, but then what can one expect from such a corrupt anachronistic organization?

From Alternethttp://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/pope-benedict-stepping-down-shocking-abdication

Not since the 15th century has a pope resigned his throne. Speculation abounds regarding the pope’s unusual decision. Was it the sex-abuse scandal?

By Adele M. Stan
Feb. 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI today stunned the Roman Catholic Church — and the world — with his announcement that he would turn in his sceptre, effect February 28. To find a precedent for Benedict’s action, one needs to go back through six centuries of history to Pope Gregory XII’s resignation in 1416.

In a statement issued today in Latin, the pope wrote: “… in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

The Church’s Child-Abuse Scandal

Citing age and infirmity as his reason for leaving the papacy, Benedict’s action comes just weeks after he opened his celebrated Twitter account — and less than a month after the decades-old child abuse scandal drew nearer to the pope’s door, with revelations published in the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that Cardinal Roger Mahony, then Archbishop of Los Angeles, sought to evade the law in cases involving the sexual abuse of children by the priests in his charge by sending them to treatment facilities in states that did not require health professionals to report the crimes to authorities.

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