For our times the resignation or deposition of a pope comes as a shock, as something unheard of and unthinkable....
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Thanks to Prof. Morrissey--a former colleague--for his interesting history. However, not accounted for is the impact and implications of this retirement for the modern world and Church. It has taken 600 years for such an action to be taken. In the meanwhile, we are now acquainted with senility, Altzheimers, and other afflictions that bedevil our friends and family. This retirement seems to be an acknowledgement of such problems we all recognize in the modern world. We can wonder, then, what other 'modernization' might be needed in the Church, or whether it look at other aspects of modernity (birth control, women priests?) that deserve its attention. Many Catholics confuse the laws and doctrines of the Church with Biblical injunctions; however, much is the the work of fallible men (and I stress 'men") in response to historical pressures and contexts. Some scholarship might address this 'human' side of the Bible and thus its historical contingency.
Tom Regelski Brocton
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