By Tom Z
12:52 PM EST, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI has unexpectedly resigned, citing “advanced age” as the reason. Benedict, who is 85 years old, is the first Pope to retire in nearly 600 years. He blamed his deteriorating body and mind for the decision, leading many to believe that the Pope has a newly-developed medical condition such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Vatican promises to have a new Pope in place by Easter. No word on whether we’ll have a substitute Pope for 2 months, or if Lent will be canceled. From CNN:
"Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me," said Benedict, 85, according to the Vatican.
The pope, born Joseph Ratzinger, is likely to retire to a monastery and devote himself to a life of reflection and prayer, Lombardi said.
So just to confirm, a person with dementia stays home and quietly prays with their closest loved ones. And the guys who puts on a 2000-year old robe and a 3-foot hat, carries a staff, lives in a $40 million gold mansion and appears in front of massive crowds as the voicepiece of God, that’s the guy who’s of sound mental health. Makes sense to me! I admire Benedict for taking the initiative and stepping down. Though, part of me wants him to stay, since it would be fun to play the game, “Bible or Dementia?” For example, say the pope tells a story about how Samson killed a thousand men using the jawbone of a donkey. Dementia, right? Ohh, I’m sorry, that was an actual passage from the Bible.
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