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February 23rd, 2013
05:14 PM ET

Key moments in pope's resignation

CNN's Becky Anderson looks at the key events and reactions since Pope Benedict resigned.
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Vatican

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  1. kevobx

    Be thankful for the days of Purim being fulfilled in (Esther 7:4-5) it came to pass *Deuteronomy 28:68* *John 7:11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

    February 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  2. Hahahahahahahah

    That hat would look much better with a Pickachu on it. Hahahahahahahaha

    February 26, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  3. Andy

    Cardinal Ouellet is ahaints abortion and his brother was charged with pedophilia

    February 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
  4. kevobx

    The world hates Moses who got the laws from the Most High. They hate Christ who is truth and his grace is free. *Nehemiah 9:14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them percepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant: *Psalm 78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: *Luke 9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he had said. *Malachi 4:4-5 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: *2nd Corinthians 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. *John 5:46-47 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

    February 25, 2013 at 7:23 am |
  5. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill would not is not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well and don't want to violate their beliefs.

    Recently we learned of the head of LCMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    On sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    ===========================================
    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    February 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • Correctlycenter

      This scripture should suffice: Psalm 146:3-6 says:

      " Don't place your confidence in powerful people, there is no help for you there. When their breathing stops, they return to the earth, and in a moment all their plans come to an end. But happy are those who have the God of Israel as their Helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the One who made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He is the One Who keeps every promise forever." AND...

      2nd Timothy 3:16-17 says:

      " All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do."

      February 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • clarity

      All scripture is not useful and that's why there's a point to the original part of the post above. The "powerful people" part just supports the notions presented about the nature of Christianity.

      February 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • ..

      This statement should suffice:
      Separation of church and state is absolutely necessary for a civilized society.
      Keep religions from codifying their beliefs into civil laws.
      Belief in God is fine. Keep Him out of our laws.

      February 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • sam stone

      this should suffice......"people who quote from ancient comic books should be ridiculed" sam stone 1:1

      February 25, 2013 at 5:19 am |
  6. and it just gets worse and worse

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/23/cardinal-keith-o-brien-accused-inappropriate

    February 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  7. AvdBerg

    Spiritual Truth

    To find the truth go to http://www.gaychristian101.com

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    February 24, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  8. The Butler maybe

    Papal resignation linked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/pope-retired-amid-gay-bishop-blackmail-inquiry

    February 24, 2013 at 8:35 am |
  9. Gloria

    As it is the last Sunday as a Pope can you please leave live stream without interruptions

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

      Sure, no problem Gloria.

      February 24, 2013 at 6:35 am |
  10. Correctlycenter

    " Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When their breathing stops, they return to the earth, and in a moment all their plans will end. But happy are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the One Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He is the One Who keeps every promise forever." Psalm 146:3-6...

    February 24, 2013 at 12:36 am |
    • AB

      @Correctlycenter

      I disagree. Just be a good peson. Apologize when you screw up. Help others. Love yourself. You will have nothing to be concerned about when you die. No regrets.

      February 24, 2013 at 2:50 am |
  11. Reality

    And the irony is that his Twitter account was probably the reason he resigned as no doubt there were not many friendly comments in those millions of Tweets i.e the Arab Spring has turned into Religion's Spring.

    February 24, 2013 at 12:03 am |
    • AB

      I don't think that is it.

      The pope doesn't have much time left, and like everyone who discovers the internet for the first time, he found the free porn. Now he needs some time alone to "browse" and do some "research" on-line.

      February 24, 2013 at 2:52 am |
  12. Atheism is healthy for everyone - pets too!

    Prayer is a time-sucker-upper.

    February 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    February 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      February 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
    • Matt

      Great! Let us test this shall we?

      what do you want do you change with prayer? Please name one, and we can test it to see if t works..that's easy!

      You are gulllible

      February 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • Guinea Pig Dundee

      Prayer Troll is just practicing her Leninism: the lie told many times becomes the truth.

      And her Naziism: The Big Lie works because it is so big, people will not believe anyone would do that.

      February 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
    • chrissy hitchens

      Test Prayer Matt?
      Salvation changes lives and is found in prayer. Sincerely seek God asking Jesus into your heart, repent of your sins and see what happens.

      February 24, 2013 at 7:35 am |
    • chrissy hitchens

      Uh Guinea Pig
      Though both ideologies are atheist neither is true and they are opposite of each other, one right one left. Atheism being unhealthy is a proven fact as is prayer changing things. It seems you are wrong on all counts.

      February 24, 2013 at 7:39 am |
    • JWT

      How exactly is atheism unhealthy ?

      February 24, 2013 at 7:42 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 24, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • as always

      I suppose the most unhealthy aspect of atheism would be the fact that atheists have tortured and murdered so many innocents.

      February 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • .

      Oh look as always, aka jill, aka lol? aka just sayin are back from lunch break.

      February 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't "suppose" anything, you witless wonder.

      February 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • 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 25, 2013 at 8:33 am |
  14. Where is yoru God now?

    It is summer and you are with friends and family at a popular water park. The intoxicating smell of sun tan lotion, sweat and chorine are everywhere. There are lovely girls in tiny bikinis surrounding you, but none more attractive than your girlfriend. You feel a tug on your groin as she backs into you in the wave pool. She is intentionally teasing you and can feel your excitement. You can’t stand it and press into her with your firmness. She reaches down to offer you release, the she turns to face you. It is not your girlfriend. It is your sister and she likes it.

    February 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • Mohammed

      if you are moslem, it's okay

      February 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
  15. AB

    What is the over-under on how many more pope stories CNN can pull out of it's ass?

    February 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
  16. Bootyfunk

    Catholic Church = NAMBLA

    February 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • Zingo

      That's an insult to NAMBLA

      February 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
  17. M.A.D

    Media must not forget his romance with butler in Key moments coverage.

    February 23, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
  18. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill would not is not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well and don't want to violate their silly beliefs.

    Recently we learned of the head of LCMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    On sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    =================================================
    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    February 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  19. End Religion

    Key moments should include a photo slideshow of all his beautiful hats and dresses. He could really spin this whole child abuse thing into a very positive message about high fashion in the Vatican.

    February 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • Doobs

      They should do one of those "Who Wore It Better?" slideshows between Ratfinker and JPII.

      February 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • End Religion

      There could be a reality show centered on the zany divas of the Vatican. Call it The Divatican.

      February 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      he has 2 young boys under his silk robes at all times.

      February 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • End Religion

      @bootyfunk: yes, they perform some obvious tasks, but its also interesting to know they provide additional support other than sexual. For example the 2 youths under the Pope's robes usually carry extra incense and Depends undergarments for emergencies.

      February 23, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      February 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

      unclasp your hands, get off your knees, think for yourself, go outside and put those hands to use helping your brothers and sisters.

      congratulations - you're now a better person.

      February 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • 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 24, 2013 at 9:01 am |
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