Tony Vahl – Pontiff and Soylent Smoke
The latest DailySkew Mobile Podcast, where I discuss the Pope’s resignation and smoke that tastes like food.
Here is the Pope’s official statement:
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 with 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 Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both 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.
Here is a response to that statement by DailySkew Co-Founder Damian Hospital:
Popes don’t “quit”. The four previous obscure popes that “quit” were all laced with scandal or forced out. It would be equivalent to President Obama resigning and saying he lacks the energy to continue trying to get the economy back on track. It would be a vote of no-confidence to the American people and the world would be laughing at us. With the Catholic Church on the decline in recent decades due to being exposed with homosexual, criminal, and financial scandals- not to mention the common knowledge of all of the historical evils the Church has committed in God’s name- this is just the latest black mark for an organized religion that is struggling for relevancy in 2013. It needs thousands of people to apologize for its actions.
I have no speculation about his statement- his followers should take his official statement as the divinity inspired word of God; anything else is conjecture, including Catholics musing that he’s “sick” or others saying he came across an even bigger scandal. My only point is that it looks real bad for him to resign, and that shouldn’t be debatable, but like everything in life people will defend and apologize for the Church.