Pope Benedict XVI, who was a Nazi in his younger days, is stepping down at the end of February.
A Pope has not resigned in about 600-years.
The last Pope to voluntarily step down was Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
By all sensible accounts, Benedict XVI is a crazy nut with a hard line on important stuff like abortion and Islam.
The idiot once said condoms aggravate AIDS.
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was elected Pope on April 19, 2005 and took the name Benedict XVI.
The 85-year-old whacko from Germany told a group of Cardinals Monday:
After having repeatedly examined my 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 the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.
However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary – strengths which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately the ministry entrusted to me.
The Cardinals are expected to elect a new Pope by mid-March.
Will we have a Pope from the Third World for the first time?