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Area Catholics react to Pope Benedict XVI resignation

February 12, 2013

OBSERVER Staff Writer For the first time in nearly 600 years, the head of the Catholic Church is resigning. Pope Benedict XVI Monday announced his resignation will be effective Feb. 28....

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Feb-12-13 12:36 PM

As long as this institution is dominated by old men who like to play dress up and advance a medieval agenda, it will have to be regarded as an anachronism that perpetuates hypocrisy.

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Feb-12-13 9:25 AM

After the whole world watched as Pope John Paul suffered and died, I think Pope Benedict did the right thing. Membership in the Catholic Church is on the decline. I think the next pope will have to deal with some serious issues like birth control, divorce, married priests and female priesthood. Failure to address these issues will simply result in further decline.

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Feb-12-13 9:03 AM

Libs, for the first time in centuries , uhoh, you know what that means. It must be linked to global warming ! Marcia, you libs could be the grand deciders of policy, scientific and modern, like Sanger did advocating sterilizations. i want the church to return to the teachings in the first 100 years. All the charges of being unscientific would evaporate as the original christianity is very different from todays.

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Feb-12-13 8:34 AM

Maybe this time they will get one who operates from the present instead of the middle ages. And one that doesn't cover up and for pedophiles. Someone more like Pope John XXIII.

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Feb-12-13 7:57 AM

This will be very interesting. As soon as the new pope is selected it will be the first time in centuries that there were two popes alive at the same time.

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