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Old 02-11-2013, 10:35 AM   #6
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Default Re: The Pope quits - hands in his resignation

Originally Posted by Killer View Post
you think he's getting married?
Random speculation here

The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI: Is It Health? Or Politics? Or Both?

The conclave that will elect the next pope has yet to be assembled but, even if he isn’t present in the Sistine Chapel, Benedict’s living presence as the Emeritus Pontiff is bound to influence the vote. (He is past the age of eligibility of casting a vote.) This sort of informal influence has proved powerful in other cultures—particularly Japan and China, where “retired” shoguns and emperors continued to make pivotal decisions. Thus, just by living, Joseph Ratzinger, by then the ex-Pope Benedict XVI with a title yet to be decided, will be able to champion his conservative theological and social policies and stack the decks so that a successor of like mind and spirit is enthroned.

So unlike JoePa he will have a role in the selection of the next head coach
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