If you have an email ending in @hotmail.com, @live.com or @outlook.com (or any other Microsoft-related domain), please consider changing it to another email provider; Microsoft decided to instantly block the server's IP, so emails can't be sent to these addresses.
If you use an @yahoo.com email or any related Yahoo services, they have blocked us also due to "user complaints"
Not so much an IJBM as much as a completely unexpected thing to happen, considering the last papal resignation was in 1415.
...he hasn't even been in the post for very long, has he?
...it's been 8 years since John Paul II kicked the bucket, already?
...it's been 11 years since Metroid Prime came out, already?
Life is so short.
What a pansy, he didn't even get shot.
Perhaps that's the point? John Paul II got shot, and came back as John Paul II... uh, wait... actually, he was the White even before that...
As much as I detest Ratzinger's interpretation of the Catholic faith and deplore many of his actions, there is something a touch sad about feeling that one is too old and frail to properly serve the faith that one has given one's life to.
I actually agree with the "too old" assessment, but I am a tad cynical about such things.
He was pretty ancient when he was assigned papalcy. Maybe they'll pick someone slightly younger?
And then Darth Vader became Pope Vader.
"You have failed me for the last time, Camerlengo"
I don't know the average age range of the current pool of Cardinals (they can technically pick any baptized male to be pope, but I don't think that's happened since the Middle Ages), but I would not expect us to have a 20 year old pope any time this year.
50s or 60s maybe.
Just a matter of time before there's a visual novel called My Girlfriend is the Pope.
The youngest pope at the time of election in the last century was John Paul II, at 58. Which I guess is kinda unfair, seeing as he took up a quarter of said century. In fact, the youngest pope in the last 500 years was 37, and that was back in 1513.
Well, good on him for recognizing his limits. IIRC Benedict didn't even want to be Pope in the first place and was hoping to retire before he got elected, so I guess between that and the massive scandals and hateboners that got thrown at him from the second he started...well, it's gonna wear on a guy.
Despite his more disagreeable positions, I do greatly respect how hard he's been fighting on matters of economic justice. Caritas in Veritate didn't hit so hard in the US (Paul Ryan would rather you have never heard of it, or heard that he got pretty much uniformly castigated by the See every time he proposed a bill), but it caused enough waves in Europe to do a whole lot of good.
"Hateboners" is a funny way to spell "people pissed off because he had a hand in covering up a massive scandal".
You're entitled to respect the man if you want to, but I find it difficult to see him as anything resembling a positive figure.
My Little Sister Can't Be The Pope! (and we can still use the acronym Oreimo!.. maybe Oreimopo?)