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Jacob Baldus

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Was the Pope's resignation a dignified move?

Do you think that Pope Benedict XIV's resignation was a move of goodwill, or was it an action to maybe see who his successor is?


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    Feb 12 2013: I have not read very much about this, but it certainly seems he felt his age was interfering with, or likely to interfere with, his duties.

    It would seem extremely unlikely for a Pope to depart from a 600 year tradition of serving until death just out of curiosity over who might succeed him. Is there not some sort of hierarchy that suggests in any case who would be on the short list of contenders?
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      Feb 12 2013: CBS News reported, "It will also allow Benedict to hold great sway over the choice of his successor, though he will not himself vote. He has already hand-picked the bulk of the College of Cardinals – the princes of the church who will elect the next pope – to guarantee his conservative legacy and ensure an orthodox future for the church.

      Contenders include Cardinal Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan, Schoenborn, the archbishop of Vienna, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Canadian head of the Vatican’s office for bishops.


      A dark horse may be a Cardinal from Latin American. The region has the world's largest concentration of Catholics. Joao Braz de Aviz, the sole Latin American among 22 newly created Catholic cardinals, criticised the Church in 2012 for being too Euro-centric."

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