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Pope Benedict makes first appearance since resignation news
February 13th, 2013
05:26 AM ET

Pope Benedict makes first appearance since resignation news

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

Huge crowds in the Vatican cheered Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday as he made his first public appearance since announcing his resignation at the end of the month.

He thanked the Roman Catholic faithful in several languages and said it was not appropriate for him to continue as pope.

He appeared tired but not visibly unwell as he sat and read his remarks off several sheets of paper.

Benedict will also celebrate an Ash Wednesday mass marking the beginning of Lent at St. Peter's Basilica in the afternoon.

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  1. Reality

    Lame duck in a lame religion as are all religions !!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    February 13, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
  2. SoldierOfConscience

    You have no idea how much time I spent going through gay magazines and newspapers looking for those tiny fragments.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      That was not me. I got those "fragments" from somebody else's research and posted on their site. FYI.

      February 14, 2013 at 12:00 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      He doth protest too much, methinks

      February 14, 2013 at 12:14 am |
    • Yoou are a major closet case!

      Why were you searching around the internet for information on gay sex and pedophilia?

      February 14, 2013 at 1:19 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Just thw way I search for

      – affects of divorce
      – how to stop unborn child killings except when mom's life is truly in danger
      – how to discourage premarital s3x

      I just want to go to a simpler purer time

      February 14, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      "I just want to go to a simpler purer time"

      This supposed simpler, purer time never existed. Things have always been screwed up and mostly worse than now...we just hear about it easier now thanks to mass media.

      February 14, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  3. SoldierOfConscience

    rather than attacking me as a person think of what fun facts 1 thru 4 below tell you. is not PC but I will never be politically correct

    February 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • Hubert

      You aren't correct; politically or otherwise.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  4. Johnny Guitar

    Based on how incredibly obsessed SoldierOfConscience is about gays and gay sex, I'd say it's a pretty good chance that this is Douglas under a new handle.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
  5. tallulah13

    Fun Fact #1: "soldier of conscience" advocates discrimination on the basis of his chosen mythology.

    Fun Fact #2: Most Americans do not agree with "soldier of conscience".

    February 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
  6. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    P iss on me, I am ashamed to be a muslim, I wish I was a Catholic and follower of Benedict.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
    • Islam and all that

      “Operation Bleach my Anus”, Ya, it was long before "wax my balls", metro sexual, is nothing more than a bi-sexual to find shoes with no socks of a sweater wrapped on shoulders, according to GQ teachings, GQ was taught "wax my balls" to 1000th generation of metro sexual men after Adam and Eve liked to swing in bible, straight men can’t bleach anus, wax all they want, they can never keep stubble perfect real meaning of "wax my balls", because nice bleached anus, smooth absolute anus, creator of polo and pressed blue jeans, kept it smooth and clean.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • baphomet

      Pure genius comedy writing....im high as fvck!

      February 13, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • Hubert

      @baphomet

      Share bro.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
  7. SoldierOfConscience

    Fun Calculation 1

    let is take a bag with red and black marbles. lets say there are 10 red marbles and 90 black. Lets say at random marbles get stanked up an rot or something. If total out of 100, 15 marbles stank up : 3 red and 12 black. Now you can say that more black marbles stanked up. But really what we want to know is if I pick up a random marble, will it stank up. You see that 33.33% of red marbles stanked up whereas 13.33% of black ones stank up. Red ones are three times as likely to stank up. worrisone.

    Similar situation for g@y and p3doph1le acts.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
    • niknak

      What the hell are you babbling about?

      February 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • Roger Ramjet

      Stank? Is there something about stanky marble that I didn't hear about in statistics class?

      February 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm |
    • Hubert

      Can anyone on this blog translate fvcktard?

      February 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      fuck + tard

      like Christard or Republitard

      February 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
    • Johnny Guitar

      Sure. It translates as "It's me! Douglas! And I am obsessing about gay sex again!"

      February 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • Hubert

      @Tom tom

      I was referring to the language that SoC is speaking.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • baphomet

      what about anal beads? Can we count anal beads being pull out of your mothers turd cutter?

      February 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      im not babbling. im saying lets take number of g@y p3d0ph1le acts (like the ones by the roman catholic priests) and divide by number of g@ys. lets do the same for straights. that will tell us something.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • sam stone

      Spend a lot of time thinking about gays, SOC?

      February 14, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      No I spend a lot of time thinking about this toxic culture – acceptance of defiancy like gay, rampant killing of unborns, marriages breaking up all the time leaving kids in the lurch

      February 14, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • Pete

      SOC Christians have the highest divorce rate because you're nothing but losers.

      February 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • Bleh

      Hey "SoldierOfConscience", did it ever occur to you that if people were able to work for a living wage instead of slave wages, they'd be able to afford to stay together, to support their kids and afford one parent staying home to take care of them?
      Most divorces are over the lack of money. Why not pay people enough so they can afford to take care of their children?
      You sound like a Republican. If you are, then why deliberately make it harder for people to live? So you can turn around and complain how "toxic" everything is....well it is greedy people that have made it this way. Go talk to them. Rubio's one. Go ask him to pay parents a good wage and watch that sleazy Catholic laugh in your face.

      February 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @SoldierOfConscience
      ONCE MORE – JUST FOR YOU
      Child molesters cannot be meaningfully described as hom.ose.xuals, heterose.xuals, or bise.xuals (in the usual sense of those terms) because they are not really capable of a relationship with an adult man or woman. Instead of gender, their se.xual attractions are based primarily on age. These individuals – who are often characterized as fixated – are attracted to children, not to men or women.
      Perpetrators with a more or less exclusive interest in children are labeled fixated. Fixation means "a temporary or permanent arrestment of psychological maturation resulting from unresolved formative issues which persist and underlie the organization of subsequent phases of development".
      By contrast, other molesters are described as regressed. Regression is "a temporary or permanent appearance of primitive behavior after more mature forms of expression had been attained, regardless of whether the immature behavior was actually manifested earlier in the individual's development".

      Doctors Groth and Birnbaum studied 175 adult males who were convicted in Massachusetts of se.xual assault against a child. None of the men had an exclusively ho.mos.exual adult se.xual orientation. 83 (47%) were classified as "fixated;" 70 others (40%) were classified as regressed adult heterose.xuals; the remaining 22 (13%) were classified as regressed adult bise.xuals. Of the last group, Groth and Birnbaum observed that "in their adult relationships they engaged in s.ex on occasion with men as well as with women. However, in no case did this attraction to men exceed their preference for women....There were no men who were primarily se.xually attracted to other adult males..."

      February 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
  8. SoldierOfConscience

    Fun Fact 4

    nambla was in g@y right parade. When they decided to kick it off, Mr. Harry Hay noted g@y activist carried a sign that "nambal walks with me"

    February 13, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  9. SoldierOfConscience

    Fun Fact 3

    In a study of advertisements in the influential h0mos3xual newspaper, The 'Advocate', Researcher Dr. Reisman found ads for a “Pen3trable B0y Doll … available in three provocative positions. She also found that the number of er0tic boy images in each issue of The 'Advocate' averaged 14.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • baphomet

      dude, how do know so much about child prom? Its like your obsessed with it or something...btw being gay and a pedo are not even close.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:17 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Im talking about facts here, as reported by a researcher with a PhD. go figure.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • Kent

      Uh, you do know that a great deal of heterosexual porn role-plays the girl as underage also, right?

      You are VERY obsessed with gay sex. Heteros do not do that. Self-repressed gays do, especially if from a religious or right-wing political background. You are a closet case.

      February 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • sam stone

      I think The Advocate is a magazine, not a newspaper. What IS that giant burr up your a$$ about gays, SOC? Closet a bit too confining?

      February 14, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • Saraswati

      If your source were reliable you would have posted a link or at least the name of the researcher. I don't mind study info posted without these if the person just remembers reading a study or is summarizing, but given you have details at hand you are clearly just trying to hide either fake or bad research.

      February 14, 2013 at 8:07 am |
    • Saraswati

      @Kent, no, SOC thinks all those kin'ky Catholic school girl uniforms are sold to gay couples.

      February 14, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      The name of the researcher is Dr. Reisman

      February 14, 2013 at 9:27 am |
    • Wow

      First Reisman 'leaves' the Captain Kangaroo show. Then she accepts over $700K for a report that both her university and the Justice Department refuse to publish. She sues the Kinsey Institute for defamation, loses, and is forbidden to try again. She appears as an expert witness at The State of Ohio vs. the Contemporary Art Center and Dennis Barrie (Mapplethorpe and Cincinnati) and the defense has her for lunch. And finally, she supports a bill introduced by a wet-behind-the-ears, born-again freshman Congressman from Texas, which never even makes it to the floor. It's unlikely Reisman could get arrested at this point. Yet what makes her dangerous is the rarely questioned nature of her writings, and her association with ultra-conservative religious policy makers. Free of factual data on sex Dr. Reisman and her followers are at liberty to publish any kind of unsupported nonsense they choose about sex, homosexuality, and pornography.

      February 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Mr Wow

      that is because the university and DoJ were too PC to publish the findings. Then, to make sure, they have to ruin her career.

      February 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Wow

      No idiot, she is a fraud.

      February 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
  10. SoldierOfConscience

    Fun Fact 2

    Larry Kramer, the founder of ACT-UP, a noted h0mo3exual activist group, wrote in his book, “Report from the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist”: “In those instances where children do have s3x with their hom0s3xual elders, be they teachers or anyone else, I submit that often, very often, the child desires the activity, and perhaps even solicits it.”

    February 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
    • Duh

      Hey look another dumb Christians that can't comprehend the difference between a pedophile and a gay person. What an idiot.

      February 14, 2013 at 8:14 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      If you can read above, you can see I am just giving you EVIDENCE. what is ACT UP, you look it up.

      February 14, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Another dumb atheist "Duh" looks the other way when evidence is presented of nexus between g@ys and p3dos. and turns around accusing "christins" of being dumb. Address the evidence presented directly, please.

      February 14, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • Bleh

      SOC, humans evolved this way. Go ask your god why gay stuff ever happens to animals like humans. Other animals do gay stuff too. Are they "sinning"? You would say they are "gay" but have no souls, right? How can your god speak to them if they have no souls yet are "gay"? You really should think these things through and ask questions of your "god" first before even thinking of asking anyone else, right? Go to it, soldier. Go have a real conversation with your "god" and let us know EXACTLY the WORDS he SPOKE to YOU.

      February 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • Yawn....

      The empirical research does not show that gay or bisexual men are any more likely than heterosexual men to molest children. This is not to argue that homosexual and bisexual men never molest children. But there is no scientific basis for asserting that they are more likely than heterosexual men to do so. Many child molesters cannot be characterized as having an adult sexual orientation at all; they are fixated on children.

      February 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  11. The Dark Truth

    Christians; grovel before the great deceiver, the Christian god. Relish the evil he brings to our world for his is the way of disease and heartache. Jesus will have your soul and you willfully give it.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Thy follow hindu Plato and other boy abusers of hindu dark ages, so do priests of hindu pagan Catholicism.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Reminds me of behemecoatyl.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      and we Mohammedis follow Micky's dog Pluto and other characters from Walt Disney, so do priests of Salami pagan Wahhabi ism.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
  12. SoldierOfConscience

    Fun Fact 1 : In 1995 the h0mo3exual magazine “Guide” said, “We can be proud that the g@y movement has been home to the few voices who have had the courage to say out loud that children are naturally s3xual” and “deserve the right to s3xual expression with whoever they choose. …”

    February 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      The article went on to say: “Instead of fearing being labeled p3dophiles, we must proudly proclaim that s3x is good, including children’s s3xuality … we must do it for the children’s sake.”

      February 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • sam stone

      You are a closet queen, SOC

      February 14, 2013 at 7:57 am |
    • Duh

      Hey look another dumb Christian that can't comprehend the difference between a pedophile and a gay person. The stupidity of this poster continues...

      February 14, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Another dumb atheist looks the other way when evidence is presented of nexus between g@ys and p3dos. and turns around accusing "christins" of being dumb. Address the evidence presented directly, please.

      February 14, 2013 at 11:39 am |
  13. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Akira
    I ADD MORE, READ CLOSE, WIPING IS NOT LICKING, FOR EXAMPLE, MOHAMMED (PI SS B UPON HIM) NEVER WASH OR CLEAN BUT HE PICKLED HIS CRAP AND EMPLOYED CAMELS TO LICK HIS BACK STINK LIKE DARK AGES OF SATAN, BUT IT WAS CONSIDERED NORMAL BACK THEN. THE BUILDING IN MECCA IS MAINTAINED.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
    • Islam and all that

      Dear Abby hopeless Mom and wife ism, you have been bored in suburb by sexual fantasies pool boy, hooker and Abbyism, feeling guilty, by committing Abbyism fantasy not with husband ism against innocent of marriage, now it is time for vibrator to leave Abbyism, faithful ism and Abby adultry ism, hopeless romantic ism, be sexual fantasies pool boy and act according to lust of American housewife boredom with hubby muscular suntan ism GOD HE’S HOT, free yourself from sexual fantasies pool boy, filth of genitals is, fantasy, you two martini’s at noon micro bikini pizza dare and act like slut by flaunting hot bod of massage therapist ism of One mom under boredom with hubby muscular suntan ism GOD HE’S HOT and bulge inequality. Visit whatwivesdowhilethekidsareatschool.com and learn about filthy housewife fantasy ism.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Post your hinduism absurdity under your own ID hindu, idiot.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
  14. The Dark Truth

    Stride hand in hand with the fearsome ghoul, your god, Jesus. The wraith sucks the life from every living thing, always thirsting for more death.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Zingo

    So the Pope exposed himself for the first time since he retired, eh? Good that he stays active like that.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      NOT FIRST TIME, REST ASSURED HE HAS EXPOSED MANY TIME ON FRONT OF SISTERS OF THE CHURCH.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • Islam and all that

      According to book of potted plants Fern sim, sun light ism, Green thumb, seed labels, potted plants oxygen loving Fertilizer sprouted in to new blooms else on front of tree parasite, at last rainfall Fertilizer looked at Sun lamp and smiled and growth was answered by Sun lamp, Fertilizer kissed soil, Fertilizer turned in to Sun lamp, and Sun lamp turned in to Fertilizer, ONE ON windlow shelf WAS NOT FERTILIZER BUT SUN LAMP, EVERY potted plants, hippie follower of potted plants Fern ism, sun light ism waters to as his Fern, sun light man potted plant. Visit GreenThumb.com to learn potted plantsism, partial light of grow lamp absolute plant food, by potted plants parasites.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  16. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Akira
    READ CLOSE, WIPING IS NOT WASHING, HE DOES NOT WASH TO CLEAN BUT WIPES TO HIND STINK LIKE HINDU DARK AGES.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      yuck. you know...you can use those little bum wipes.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
    • Islam and all that

      word fondu is based on Latin word dippity doo, hot gooey, chips, great, chip dip, to be in greatness, pita chip, to be creamy to both of them, fondu, a noun in yummy, fonduism, way of yumminess.

      Visit dippingisfun.com to learn about fonduism, deliciousnessity of fondu's, deliciousness to impose fonduism, veggie dipping on humanity by fonduism, cheese skin of truth absolute by dipper. Be a dipper, not a fondu, lactose intolerant like a fondu, double dipper.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
  17. The Dark Truth

    Your spiteful and shallow lord god cares naught for the suffering of children. Of all the darkness in this universe, his is the most barbaric and hateful. Evil reigns.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • SpongeBob SquarePants

      Okay! Good luck with that!

      February 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
    • End Religion

      Spongebob, please be careful while watering your spice garden.

      February 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  18. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN POPE ISM

    Humans, when our muslim Popes (prophet) resign or sometime over thrown, next one is ready to claim his place too, please make a note of the following of our Popes aka Prophets in Islam:

    Hud
    Saleh
    Ibrahim
    Lut
    Ismail
    Ishaq
    Yaqub
    Yousuf
    Ayub
    Shoaib
    Musa
    Harun
    Dawud
    Sulayman
    Ilyas
    Elisha
    Yunus
    Dhul-Kifl
    Zechariah
    Yahya
    Isa
    Muhammad
    Osama bin Laden (unconfirmed)

    February 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN POPE ISM

      oh and I forgot to mention, you have to be dead to be qualified as muslim Pope.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
  19. The Dark Truth

    Your spiteful and shallow lord god cares naught for the suffering of children. Of all the darkness in this universe, his is the most barbaric and hateful.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
  20. CNN Belief Blog

    Stay tuned for our next article: "Does the Pope's poop smell better than the average person's?'

    February 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • Akira

      Don't know, don't care about the Pope's, but there are apologists here who clearly think their shit don't stink.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      No, he does not wash his hind, but wipes it, he hinds stinks like any one else, with a hindu stinking hind.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • Akira

      Thanks for that visual, Dar; but I'm pretty sure the Vatican has toilet paper.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      our Mohammed (Pi ss B Upon Him) po opes never stink, how do we know??? he jared them and stored them in a black building in Mecca. It is still there, go check it out.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Akira

      Well, I ever travel to Saudi Arabia, I shall certainly try not to pass up such a delightful display.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • CrossCountry

      Holy Sh.i.t!

      February 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Sure sure Akira, it is worth watching once in a life time, millions of muslim brothers do, make sure to buy Hazib to hide yourself, foreigners are not welcomed, , many people claim they are dinosaurs dumping because they are quite big in size. May be Mohammed had big A** you know!!

      February 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
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