Skip to main content

View Diary: Pope Benedict is stepping down (132 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Pure speculation (7+ / 0-)

    I don't doubt that Ratzinger's health is deteriorating -- considering his age. However, there is a long standing tradition of popes staying until they die -- regardless of their health.

    My personal speculation is that Ratzinger is such a control freak that he wants a hand in picking his successor. His legacy would be seriously down the tubes if he was followed by a reformer like JXXIII. I think he wants to make sure that the next pope is someone who will agree in advance turn a blind eye to his predecessors, particularly, his immediate predecessor.

    Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

    by elsaf on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:16:17 AM PST

    •  I'm afraid this might be the case. (0+ / 0-)

      Time will tell, but others have already commented that this resignation may be an attempt to influence the succession and help hand pick a very young person who will carry out Ratzinger's right-wing policies. This event today could be very bad news for Progressive Catholics who long for a return to the spirit of Vatican II.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (148)
  • Community (71)
  • Baltimore (67)
  • Bernie Sanders (49)
  • Civil Rights (38)
  • Freddie Gray (38)
  • Elections (27)
  • Hillary Clinton (27)
  • Culture (24)
  • Racism (23)
  • Education (20)
  • Labor (20)
  • Media (19)
  • Law (19)
  • Economy (19)
  • Rescued (18)
  • Science (16)
  • 2016 (15)
  • Politics (15)
  • Barack Obama (14)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site