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Bay Area reacts to first Papal resignation in nearly 600 years

Original post made on Feb 12, 2013

Bay Area religious communities reacted with "surprise" and "shock" to Monday's announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:17 AM

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

I am interested in knowing where the present Pope will reside
during the remainder of his years.Will be admit himself to a Cloistered Monastery or will be remain within the Vatican grounds ?
He of course will continue to remain a Cardinal in the ranks of the Catholic Church as he steps down from being the Holy Father.Since he is so ill will he consider being admitted into Religious Infirmary
and having proper medical care ??

I admire His holiness for his humility and being honest with himself and his fellow Cardinals by stepping down. He is and will continue to be a great man in many people's eyes. let us keep him in our hearts and prayers.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

The idea that he should expect compensation from the Church, either in cloistered monastery or on the Vatican grounds, strikes me as ludicrous. I don't give money to the Church to support a disgraced papal resident who claims to be God's voice on earth and then steps down with a cloud of suspicion over his head. Anybody ever hear of a 401K? For heaven's sake!


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Posted by Frank Lynn
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

@ Tom - I heard on the news yesterday that he will remain on Vatican grounds in a special living quarters set up for him. From as cost-standpoint, this makes sense - I think there would be security issues if he went to live in a non-Vatican infirmary.

Plus, I don't think he's really ill ill, he's just not up for the demands of travel. I think it's great that he's setting a precedent that it's okay for the Pope to retire prior to his death.


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Posted by Godless
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

Newsflash - The pope's personal butler, who has been sitting in a Vatican jailhouse for many months because of personal papers he stole from the Vatican, has released some of these documents to the press. These documents show that the pope himself has been accused of molesting children prior to his rise to the papacy. Prior to today's release, these documents had been concealed by the Roman Catholic Church.

There. Now you know why he's stepping down.

BTW - Do you know of any other local priests who have retired from the priesthood and/or active duties at an age earlier than most? Ever wonder why?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Mea Maxima Culpa - Silence in the House of God is currently playing on HBO. Ratzinger's role is included. An article about the filmmaker: Web Link
And the New York Times coverage: Web Link&


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Posted by Danville resident
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

This is a message for Mary of Danville and Godless...it's a wonder you both don't get struck by lightening or have your tongues cut off.

I would not hesitate to accomodate the both of you. Sick people like you should be silenced.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

il papa is not ill but he is frail. He will eventually live in a cloistered environment on Vatican property.

Kevin Annet says FOLLOW THE MONEY: Web Link

This is the best analysis that I've read to the unexpected resignation of il papa!

BUSTED!




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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

This is where il papa will live once it is renovated: Web Link


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

To the best of my knowledge, il papa was not accused of sexually molesting children and the papers that were stolen had nothing to do with such an accusation.

The butler has been released from jail and the Vatican will help him find another job.

I must say that I'm ticklled that he is stepping down...tee hee...




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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Papal Butler released: Web Link


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thank you, Cholo. This breaking story may turn out to be even bigger than the Mary Hayashi shop lifting scandal.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Archbishop Georg Ganswein to assist il papa in his new digs:

Web Link


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Posted by Godless
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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Posted by Godless
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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Posted by Godless
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

WOW! The Pleasanton Weekly is removing posts where atheists express their points of view? Really?

What happened to open forums? Just because I don't believe in a god does that mean I don't have a voice on this website?


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

If you want to criticize the church because it has relied upon union labor, that's one thing; but criticizing the church as a private institution, no way. But what does it matter to you, because you're going to hell anyway?


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Posted by Godless
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Here. I'll post something relevant to the news story at hand.

I hope that the papal seat remains vacant for the next 605 years (the same length of time that the Roman Catholic Inquisition lasted).

The Bay Area reacts...


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Posted by godlike
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

godless, are all you irrelevant atheist minorities so hostile towards the rest of us, or did a person of faith step on your toes when you were little? Your belief in atheism is an act of faith just like the majority of people have faith in God. Even though you believe you were created magically out of a pile of goo somewhere in the universe, with no intervention from any higher being, you're faith is not much different from ours...except for the part where you're totally wrong.


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Posted by godliness
a resident of California Reflections
on Feb 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Here is one reason I believe there is no god: children who suffer at the hands of adults. At a minimum, a god would make himself known to the family, let them know the child is in heaven. There is no merciful god who leaves a family to wonder where their child is, like Eileen Mishelhoff (and a tingly sense that all is taken care of doesn't counter the unnecessarily cruel death of the child). I can live with the inevitability of disease. I can live with not knowing where my dead relatives ended up. I can live with man's inhumanity to man. I cannot live with a god (and religions) who sees one child hurt and let's the perp live to hurt another child--particularly a man who is ordained as his representative. A god who allows just one person to repeat all the unspeakable offenses that happen to children does not deserve my belief, respect, or acknowledgment.


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Posted by Hilda
a resident of Rosewood
on Feb 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Dear godliness,

God works in mysteries ways. Suffer the little children, but we are all children before God. He's testing us, and your failing. You'll never get into heavan with your bad attitude. Wise up.


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Posted by Scientist
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I rather liked the reasoning of godliness, and tend to agree. I'm rather 'fact based', and don't believe in fairy tales like santa and easter bunny.
ALL child molesters should be behind bars, including any coaches or priests....puzzling how some get a free pass for unlimited abuses.
I just hope the next guy can deal with the 'real' world of today and instead of promoting excessive breeding, stop the poverty caused by that excessive breeding, in the likes of Mexico and Haiti, then dumping those starving kids on US taxpayers. Condoms should be by every hymnal in the pews. Condoms prevent abortions....shouldn't intelligent people in the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY want to prevent abortions? There should not be another pope from the dark ages. Empty words about caring for the earth are quite hypocritical when over-population is destroying the earth, starving siblings, and breaking welfare. Time to deal with the realty.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Web Link

Bishop Accountability is a database of Catholic priests & nuns who have sexually abused children and vulnerable adults. Thousands and thousands and thousands of Catholic clergy have been involved in destroying the lives American children and their families.

Other religions and their representatives have also committed sex crimes against children. Very few Americans are concerned about the rape of children by clergy. They may have feelings, but those feelings don't generally translate into actions that lead to the capture and imprisonment of the perpetrators. I have no explanation for why America's elected representative have remained largely silent re: child rape by clergy.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I don't believe that "G_D" is testing anybody. What's continuing to happen is adults who want to rape and murder children have a free pass.

It seems to me that most Americans believe children as sub-human with no rights. No American President has taken decisive action to protect the most vulnerable American citizens.

People can pray for children until the cows come home, your children art still at risk for rape daily.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Rabbis also rape children: Web Link


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

The Awareness Center: Web Link


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Posted by Scientist
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm

The links are interesting. There is a wide range of hypocrisies. The pope continuing to cause poverty and over-populating of earth beyond it's resourses, is cruel to mankind. Condoms PREVENT abortions... An intelligent, realistic pope is desperately needed in this twenty-first century. It's up to the people to demand it.... shame on the silence by the people on a number of issues, even silencing their own children. Shame. Intelligent people must speak up and out.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Child Abuse Fact Sheet for Parents:

Web Link

PROTECT AMERICAN CHILDREN.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Put up your money...the next pope will come from this bunch:

Web Link

I bet on the Cardinal Hummes of Brazil, top row, left.

All bets are ON!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Cardinal Turkson, leading contender for Pope and from Africa supports legislation to kill gay people:

Web Link


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Does Cardinal Turkson support the genocide of sexual minorities in Africa?


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