The Pope Pulls Out

For the first time in more than 600 years, a Pope is retiring before death.

Who knew the big story coming out of the Vatican today would involve old age?!

I guess he was just saying goodbye this whole time.

Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who took office in 2005 following the death of his predecessor, said on Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28…

A profoundly conservative figure whose papacy was overshadowed by sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, the pope, 85, said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s Roman Catholics.

He could have been talking about the Church itself: Out of date, out of touch, and in dire need of calling it quits.

So now we know: it’s too exhausting trying to cover up child abuse scandals, making life hell for gay people, going on Twitter, and promoting false/harmful doctrine all at once.

Even with somebody else at the helm, it’s hard to see how anything will really change. The Church loves the status quo and it’s hard to see how any new man at the helm will steer them any differently.

Note to Justice Antonin Scalia, a man who is 76, fervently Catholic, and also holds a life term: Take the hint. It’s ok to step down.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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