Pope Benedict addresses priests of Rome
February 15th, 2013
03:04 AM ET

Pope Benedict addresses priests of Rome

By Laura Smith-Spark and Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI addressed parish priests from the city of Rome on Thursday, in what is likely to be one of his final public appearances before his resignation from the papacy at the end of the month.

The meeting with the parish priests focused on Benedict's experiences from the Second Vatican Council, in the 1960s, which examined the Roman Catholic Church's relationship with the world.

Benedict, who was greeted by lengthy applause, said it was a "special moment" to sit before the clergy of Rome before his departure.

Benedict, 85, celebrated his last public papal Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on Ash Wednesday, which marked the beginning of Lent.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. motive

    this is why the pope is retiring, he needs to hide. http://www.snapnetwork. org/snap_legal_action

    February 16, 2013 at 9:51 am |
  2. motive

    .catholics will deflect discussion of abuse with small percent?>? Where do they get there data from? The church? I get mine from victims and victim groups directly. We have nearly 20% abused and nearly 50% of those are pedos. In fact no other group has such a high % of pedos as this one.

    Catholics deflect and deceive.

    so catholics, tell us all here. What did the catholic church do to set the good example to help children victims? NOTHING. In fact they covered up the crimes to protect themselves and their reputation, leaving the child to fend for themselves. Many children developed mental illness due to the abuse.

    And the catholic church continues to harm children victims as they lobby to stop laws that would expose the truth. Imagine that!!!

    The worst crimes were the cover ups.

    Stop deflecting by saying others did it too.

    –>> Start acting like an adult and addressing what the catholic church has done to help children victims. <<- answer that question.

    February 16, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  3. Sara Howells


    February 16, 2013 at 3:47 am |
  4. False Prophet

    Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

    Watch it and thank me later

    February 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
  5. the AnViL

    The historically unprecedented resignation of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope this week was compelled by an upcoming action by a European government to issue an arrest warrant against Ratzinger and a public lien against Vatican property and assets by Easter.

    February 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Science

      To AnViL

      Pope will have security, immunity by remaining in the Vatican.


      February 16, 2013 at 9:26 am |
  6. Are Catholics Muslims?

    Lent = Ramadan = 40 days of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

    February 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm |

    • You could be a believer. You have the gift.

      February 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
  7. truthbetold

    I am known as Kenny Rogers, the best troll on CNN.

    February 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Akira

      Nah, he isn't the best. The one with the most output? Maybe.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm |

    • I recuse myself. I'm too close to the metal for it to be fair.

      February 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
  8. truth be told

    All so called atheists are liars. This is proven every day in these blogs the only ones who seem to believe the so called atheist is another so called atheist. All morally decent people are already wise to atheist deceit.

    February 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, cuz you never lie, cap'n azzhole. Get off it, you little butt-plug.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • Akira

      You're the biggest liar on here, tbt. How you can post such bullshit is beyond me. Although I suppose as a troll, truth is an elusive thing.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • truth be told

      Thanks for proving my statement but it wasn't needed. All morally decent people already knew so called atheists are liars and I'll bet you thought no one knew.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • ..

      Tbwondering, have you stopped picking scabs off of your track marks and eating them as snacks yet? Hope you go septic.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
  9. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I suppose tbt's silence is due to the fact that his mommy has just commanded him to appear for dinner. Kraft mac and cheese and a side of hypocrisy.

    What a delicious meal!

    February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • ..

      I think that tbwondering has the mental prowess of an 8th grader, but is probably an adult. Nothing worse than a religios troll. Hope it chokes on its hypocrisy.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't think it's just a matter of having the prowess of an 8th grader–I think tbt is, in reality, an 8th grader. He's 28, lives in his mom's spare bedroom, and is still trying to pass Algebra I. Oh, and freshman English–but that doesn't count, because he'll NEVER manage to get anything above a D there.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • Akira

      Actually, tbt/wondering is a 43 year old man...and I know this definitively, just as I know who L4H and Douglas is.
      He is a most proficient troll on CNN. You know the one who always steals your name, Tom Tom? It's him.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thanks, Akira. I am not surprised. But how do you come by this information? Do I need to worry?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • ..

      He has failed gym class...never could dodge balls.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, that stands to reason, as he doesn't HAVE any. 😉

      February 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Akira

      Tom Tom, of course you don't have to worry; you're not a troll.
      I have a really kick-ass IT person as a friend. How my friend gets the information is legal, don't worry. IP addresses are not sacrosanct, no matter what people who I've busted have tried to say.
      Although your IP gives you the location that you're posting from, it doesn't reveal anything personal about you.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • Alfred Hitchcauk

      We've traced the calls Akira and ... GET OUT NOW !!! Its coming from inside your house !

      February 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Akira

      That was Fred Walton and "When A Stranger Calls", Hitchcock.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
  10. Nope is Philip Douglas

    who trolls under various names such as Answerman.

    February 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Akira

      Well, hell, I knew that.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  11. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    turd be trolling, why are you here?

    February 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • just wondering

      Off mumbling by yourself again tin tin, that donkey must have really left you hurting.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why don't you tell everyone what's bothering you, dear? What is it that gripes your ass so?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What's the issue, just trolling? Are you bored? Frustrated s3xually? Why do you use so many names here? Scared?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • ..

      Can't even come up with your own insults, truthbewondering? Are you really that fucking unimaginative? No wonder your inflatable doll left you.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
  12. just wondering

    When we troll we drag a quarter on a string past tin tins house. Works like a charm its down before we get past the door.

    February 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Never figured out how commas work, did you?

      Are you unable to do any better than this? Because this? Is just boring.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
    • just wondering

      This is a blog not fine literature tin tin can't you tell the difference.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, sweetie, I can tell. You're here.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • just wondering

      It don't show tin tin no one has ever accused you of intelligence.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What's your problem?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Come on, just trollin', spill it. Why do you have such a flea up your ass?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, please stop! I can't bear the thought of animal torture.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • ..

      All right, fair enough. I won't bring up tbtwondering's abuse of animals again. Its already been reported to the ASPCA, and tbwondering will arrested when it tries to get back home from her second job as Cantina latrine cleaner.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Good to know, and thanks for your vigilance concerning tbt's animal abuse.

      Disgusting, isn't it? But then, what else can one expect from a mental midget like tbt?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • ..

      Speaking of midgets, guess what else tbwondering does on that stage? Yep. You guessed it. She does midgets.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  13. motive

    catholics also need to quit bragging about doing good works. Most everyone does good works and that includes atheists too. In fact people do good works with their own money and time, not government grants and other peoples time as the catholic church does.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • truth be told

      Some "good" works attributed to atheists. atheists have brutally tortured and murdered more innocent peoples in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries. Another "good" work of the so called atheist... denying children eternal life and condemning the innocent to perdition. Or how about the "good" work of abortion over 200 million innocent babies slaughtered. And let us not forget that nothing any so called atheist says is ever the Truth. HEY atheist STOP HELPING US !

      February 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What's the matter, cap'n? Not getting any these days? Poor dear.

      February 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • just wondering

      How'd your cohabitation with your cousin go for you? Your brother/father wants another "date".

      February 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • ..

      Tbtjustwondering, has the edges of the mouthrip you got after blowing the donkey in your Mexican live sex healed yet? Who knew you could unhinge your jaw that way?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • just wondering

      Wasn't that you at the donkey show? Oh silly me sorry that was no donkey that was your brother/father.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • motive

      TruthbeTold,, not by you.. Yes, atheist also have a foundation to help children too. Imagine that!! In the end, my statement was accurate. And most often atheists are just people who don't belong to groups, and they do good deeds.

      Seems like you nee to change your handle

      February 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • truth be told

      The best good deed any so called atheist can offer mankind is to leave this world by their own hand before doing any more harm. There is no good in atheism, period.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      tbt=blah, blah y blah + dreck + lies – good intentions = fvcktard.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
  14. motive

    to cathoics;

    you've done nothing about the crimes or care for the lost lives of children. Or that the church didn't to the rescue of small children abused.

    Your desire to claim you feed the hungry or are against abortions is silly when compared to the destruction of childrens lives. Do you know the effects of trauma on children? Do you realize the lives of chaos and destruction they lead due to mental inabilities to access reasoning due to the trauma caused? Do you know the pain of awakening from a childhood trauma many years into the future and now realizing you never lived your life? Do you know that even after awakening from the trauma caused, that the mental illness is life long? Do you know that a child victim has a life expectancy of 20 years less?

    A horrible life where learning and concentration are lost and a likely short life to live. These are the children you don't take a stand and demand they receive the truth, in courts.

    Then again, you don't really care. I don't pray and don't believe,, but I will take one moment now and pray – I pray there is a hell and all practicing catholics go there. It is their lack of care for the child abused and their lack of demanding accountability which gives the catholic church the strength to continue denying victims.

    Imagine, catholics that you grew up with reject you and don't stand for up for you. Instead they deflect and help the catholic church continue its denials and lies.

    February 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  15. Sara Howells


    February 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
  16. The Truth

    If the Vatican auctioned just a small portion of it's treasures (gold, renaissance art, ancient texts, tapestries, etc) world hunger would be solved in less than one day.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • truth be told


      February 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The profits would certainly help more people than the treasuries do now.

      February 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • just wondering

      Why don't you get off your back and help the poor yourself, you must have quite a few sacks of quarters by now.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What's the matter, just trollin'? Did your mom do the laundry? All your sister's panties are clean? No fun for you tonight.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
    • just wondering

      WE don't know have you been eating them again tin tin?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
    • ..

      Just wondering, has your STD test come back after pulling the train at the Raven's victory party?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Wow. When are you going to resort to "I'm rubber, you're glue," just dull?

      February 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • just wondering

      No need to resort to used rubbers to get the bulge on a tub like you tintin.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I must have really busted you.

      Has the bruise faded yet?

      Never mind. No one will see it in the asylum anyway.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • just wondering

      You've busted a lot tin tin why do you think they all gave ya a quarter.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
  17. Universe

    God in Quran says, (Islamic scripture)

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    ‘They said, "You have to be Jewish or Christian, to be guided." Say, "We follow the religion of Abraham – monotheism – he never was an idol worshiper." [2:135]

    “Proclaim, He is the One and only GOD. The Absolute GOD. Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten. None equals Him." [112:1]

    The Messiah, son of Mary is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate! [5:75]

    It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, "Be," and it is. [19:35]

    “No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. ... [35:18]

    They do not value God as He should be valued. God is the Most Powerful, the Almighty.[22:74]

    If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of God. They follow only conjecture; they only guess. [Quran 6:116]

    “There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in God has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. God is Hearer, Omniscient.” [2:256]

    O people, here is a parable that you must ponder carefully: the idols you set up beside God can never create a fly, even if they banded together to do so. Furthermore, if the fly steals anything from them, they cannot recover it; weak is the pursuer and the pursued. [22:73]

    “God: there is no other god besides Him, the Living, the Eternal. Never a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes Him. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who could intercede with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows their past, and their future. No one attains any knowledge, except as He wills. His dominion encompasses the heavens and the earth, and ruling them never burdens Him. He is the Most High, the Great.” [2:255]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to clear your misconception by going to whyIslam org website.

    February 15, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  18. Sara Howells


    February 15, 2013 at 9:09 am |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 15, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, it can't.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • yup

      it can

      February 15, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • Mirosal

      Sorry, but according to your own doctrine, your "god" is supposedly omniscient. Therefore prayer cannot change a thing, since the outcome is supposed to already be known by your "god".

      February 15, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Take your meds. Pray without seizing.

      February 15, 2013 at 8:25 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 15, 2013 at 10:45 am |
  20. motive

    1. The vatican accu-mulated wealth though donations while depriving hungry children. Valuable tax free real estate, billions in corporate stock, chair made of gold, wardrobe lined with gold. Yet children are starving world wide. Donations were to feed them, the vatican stole their food money for wealth. 2. Vatican denied children abused by their priests. Rather than helping the child, they hid the crimes, leaving the small child to fend for themselves. Abused children left to cope alone are more likely to experience a physical change in their developing brain. Many children became mentally ill and others commit suicide. And after all this abuse, the catholic church set the example on how to help victims, they lobby to stop laws that would expose the truth. Yet the truth is the greatest healer. This is the vatican, the catholic church.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:24 am |
    • Mirosal

      And now you know why only 117 (maybe 115) men will cast a vote for the next dope .. oops I mean Pope, instead of 1.2 billion Catholics world-wide casting a ballot. Think what kind of election THAT would be!!!

      February 15, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • motive

      people call themselves 'catholic',, but that is just silly. They are customers, nothing more.

      February 15, 2013 at 6:47 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, they are sheep being fleeced. I know, I used to be one. Only mindless sheep with no sense of direction need a shepherd. And I know my directions.

      February 15, 2013 at 7:00 am |
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