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Papal Abdication


Quickbeam

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The religious implications of this don't matter a jot me me, and many millions more. But I see that the favourites include African and South American candidates, both being hugely over populated poor continents.

I wonder if either of these were to succeed, a new enlightenment towards sheath contraception on health grounds, and the obvious acceptance of the side effect of birth control can be at all contemplated within the Church of Rome for the 21st century and beyond?

Or will they continue with the medieval head in the sand approach?

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Woolwell

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"So, why can Catholics get away with spreading hate and lies?" They don't get away with it as far as I am aware.

Going back to a previous post not agreeing with or understanding homosexuality doesn't automatically equate to hate-filled homophobia. Do you have theophobia?

I'm not a Catholic and there are many things that they do that I don't understand or agree with.

I do hope that they choose a younger person with a more liberal attitude.

Back to the original post I wasn't aware that heads in sand was medieval or is this a variant of hair shirt?

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fourm member

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Woolwell

'They don't get away with it as far as I am aware.'

Really. I haven't heard of any outcry about some of the things that have been broadcast by the BBC in the past 24 hours.

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interzone55

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Aitchbee

Bono should definitely be an outsider as he's not a Catholic, he was raised Church of Ireland...

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Aitchbee

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...Dickie Dawkins' odds are 666/1 ...

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Aitchbee

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I would [jolly well] think that the majority of the Roman Catholic priests in Scotland and in Italy will be more concerned with the outcome of tonight's big match between Celtic & Juventas.

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flycatcher1

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I am not a Catholic, Lord forbid, but electing a young man as Pope could cause a problem. As Popes, normally, stay in post until they die they could have the same Pope for forty years or more, best to elect an older man with a young outlook.

From what I read the present Pope has selected Cardinals to suit his style which does not give much hope for the liberal teaching that the RC World desperately needs.

I was once told always to fly with Old Pilots - but not too old.

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Forum Editor

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flycatcher1

In 1994 Pope John Paul II spoke infallibly when he ruled out the possibility of women ever being ordained and furthermore decreed that Catholics should not even talk about the issue any more.

Which seems to me to provide the perfect justification - if one was needed - for electing a younger and more progressive man to be the next Pope.

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lotvic

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and hopefully a younger Pope will see the sense in selling off the Vatican riches to buy food and build farms and equip villages to feed the starving millions that the Catholic Missionaries helped to create. It would give the people back their human dignity to have the resources and equipment to once again be self sustaining and be able to survive during periods of draught.

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lotvic

and hopefully a younger Pope will see the sense in selling off the Vatican riches...

Don't hold your breath on that one.

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fourm member

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'In 1994 Pope John Paul II spoke infallibly when he ruled out the possibility of women ever being ordained'

I caught part of a discussion between two Catholics about that. The progressive maintained that JP2 wasn't speaking infallibly because of some esoteric term I didn't understand. I just checked and the term was 'ex cathedra'. Google took me to the Wikipedia page about infallibility that has one of those 'neutrality of this article is disputed' banners.

It's good to know that Catholics are focussed on the real problems of the world

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