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Papal resignations over history

Published: Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 10:02 a.m.

The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down on Feb. 28.

While such papal resignations are extremely rare, there are precedents in the two millennia history of the Catholic Church.

— Marcellinus: This early church pope abdicated or was deposed in 304 after complying with the Roman emperor's order to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods.

— Benedict IX: Sold the papacy to his godfather Gregory VI and resigned in 1045.

—Celestine V: Overwhelmed by the demands of the office, this hermetic pontiff stepped down after five months as pope in 1294. Pope Benedict XVI prayed at his tomb in the central Italian city of L'Aquila in 2009.

—Gregory XII: The last pope to resign, Gregory XII stepped down in 1415 to help end a church schism.


1Silence_Dogood(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder if the thousand's and thousand's of child rape cases had any thing to do with this.

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2UNCOMMONSENSE(362 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Silence_Dogood you're proof that you just can't cure stupid.

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3ohioption(49 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

He didn't accomplish much except put his butler in "jail". I would still like to see what the butler "leaked". Probably something to do with corruption in the Vatican. It wouldn't be the first time and it won't be the last time. Everything is corrupt in the church. And that is why no one cares to belong any longer.

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4Silence_Dogood(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

As Cardinal Ratzinger was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the sexual abuse of minors by priests was his responsibility to investigate from 2001, when that charge was given to the CDF by Pope John Paul II. Before given this charge, Cardinal Ratzinger was theoretically privy to all sexual abuse cases within the Church. As Prefect of the CDF, Canon Law directed Bishops to report sexual abuse cases involving priests in their diocese to Cardinal Ratzinger. However, due to the obscurity of Canon Law, even within the Church, it is unknown whether this directive was actually followed.
As part of the implementation of the norms enacted and promulgated on April 30, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, on May 18, 2001 Ratzinger sent a letter to every bishop in the Catholic Church. This letter reminded them of the strict penalties facing those who revealed confidential details concerning enquiries into allegations against priests of certain grave ecclesiastical crimes, including sexual abuse, which were reserved to the jurisdiction of the Congregation. The letter extended the prescription or statute of limitations for these crimes to ten years. However, when the crime is sexual abuse of a minor, the "prescription begins to run from the day on that which the minor completes the eighteenth year of age." Lawyers acting for two alleged victims of abuse in Texas claim that by sending the letter the cardinal conspired to obstruct justice. The Catholic News Service reported that "the letter said the new norms reflected the CDF's traditional "exclusive competence" regarding delicta graviora—Latin for "graver offenses". According to Canon Law experts in Rome, reserving cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors to the CDF is something new. In past eras, some serious crimes by priests against sexual morality, including pedophilia, were handled by that congregation or its predecessor, the Holy Office, but this has not been true in recent years." The promulgation of the norms by Pope John Paul II and the subsequent letter by the then Prefect of the CDF were published in 2001 in Acta Apostolicae Sedis which is the Holy See's official journal, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law,] and is disseminated monthly to thousands of libraries and offices around the world.

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5Silence_Dogood(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

UNCOMMONSENSE it would seem that you are the idiot , but don't worry I won't tell anyone.

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6Silence_Dogood(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Before you continue to prove your stupidity try reading up on the recent history of this subject and the actors involved.


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7UNCOMMONSENSE(362 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Silence_Dogood...at 85 years of age and failing health that prohibits his ablility to effectively carry out his duties, I believe that to be the reason rather then your hatred for the catholic religion. Until you can prove your original comment was based on anything less then fact, I am still convinced you are stupid.

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8Silence_Dogood(1340 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

UNCOMMONSENSELESS please don't let fact's get in the way.

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