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February 20th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

Where does an ex-pope go?

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on Pope Benedict's plans after he leaves his post and where he will live.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. prophet

    so where does a so called pope go, unlikely to where he thinks, the deception that they perpetrate has its repercussions and unless they repent from their sinning of impersonating a teacher of God, they will go where all these sinners go.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:02 am |
  2. Atheism is healthy for everyone -pets too!

    Prayer is just a time-sucker-upper.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  3. Science

    Engineering 'Ghost' Objects: Breakthrough in Scattering Illusion

    Feb. 19, 2013 — A team at the NUS Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering led by Dr Qiu Cheng-Wei has come out with an optical device to "engineer" ghosts.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130219090643.htm

    February 21, 2013 at 8:03 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    February 21, 2013 at 7:37 am |
    • snopes says

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things" is unfounded.
      "Prayer changes things" is unfounded.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:19 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 21, 2013 at 8:33 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      This is inaccurate wouldn't you agree? Especially when the data shows that atheists tend to have happier and healthier marriages than conservative Christians.

      February 21, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  5. Science

    NOT TO A SCIENCE CLASSROOM

    Separation of church and state

    New science standards created by 26 states (majority) for 2013 and beyond,, .. It is called Stem standards for public schools....

    No god(s) required
    By the way creatoin/ID LOST DEPUNKED at the Dover trial in 2005

    Peace

    February 21, 2013 at 6:55 am |
  6. Sara Howells

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcyW7rMYR7A&w=640&h=360]

    February 21, 2013 at 5:01 am |
  7. Reality

    Like all of us, B16 will eventually go on the top of the recycle, compost heap.

    February 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 20, 2013 at 8:13 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 21, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  9. Age of Reason

    ..."What riches has this FABLE of the Christ not brought us!" Pope Leo X
    .....If the pope doesn't believe "Jesus Christ" existed, why should YOU, YOU & YOU or anyone else?

    February 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Tell us AoR, you would consider Pope Leo X of five hundred years ago to be a typical human yes? Why would you consider his opinion superior to anyone else's opinion? Heck, he wasn't never even a priest for crying out loud.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • ..

      And why would you completely dismiss this evidence, swain? Perhaps everyone should dismiss the "evidence" from a 2000 year old book, yes? After all, it was written by humans, also.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Oddly enough .., I never told anyone to dismiss anything. Funny eh?

      As for the Bible, what's your point?

      February 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • ..

      Why shouldn't Leo X's opinion not be held valid? Is there an expiration date I don't know about?

      February 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      "Why shouldn't Leo X's opinion not be held valid? Is there an expiration date I don't know about?"

      It should be considered..yes, but it shouldn't be over that of others. Curious, do the thoughts and teachings in the Bible have an expiration date?

      February 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  10. Freak Show

    Well, he is German so I assume he will go on someone's chest?

    February 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • Shyster

      Ooh Yeah Papst, shit on me stehen ja eure Heiligkeit. Ich liebe es!

      February 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • Cosette

      Ich kann auf Ihrem Gesicht shitzen.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
  11. M.A.D

    can he move with his girlfriend?

    February 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
  12. Cosette

    Where have all the pontiffs gone
    Long time passing
    Where have all the pontiffs gone
    Long time ago
    Where have all the pontiffs gone
    To spend your money everyone
    When will we ever learn
    When will we ever learn

    February 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
  13. captain america

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/20/us/california-hotel-water-corpse/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    Woman's body found in hotel water tank

    Where's your god now, bitches? There's your sign

    February 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  14. Akira

    From history's viewpoint, many of them go the hell.

    February 20, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • bobk52

      Like +1

      February 21, 2013 at 4:10 am |
  15. Uncouth Swain

    Time for the one line zingers to be let loose by the "clever" people. Thanks CNN.

    February 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • captain america

      That didn't sound butthurt at all, you POS. There's your sign

      February 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • steve rogers

      are you stupid or something cap?

      February 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • tony stark

      Now I'm not sure what to do.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • Pepper Potts

      That's why I run things around here and not you.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • HULK

      HULK MAD, HULK SMASH

      February 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Loki

      Oh shit

      February 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
  16. sam

    He sells soap on a rope, of course.

    February 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
  17. M.A.D

    I recommend Dominican Republic.

    February 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  18. Usually

    They go to their grave, however jail would do in this case.

    February 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Why? You got some evidence?

      February 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Fake US/Lycidas: you have some that shows otherwise?

      February 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
    • Usually

      Watch Mea Maxima Culpa, los of evidence. Charges have beeb laid at the ICC, perhaps the power of the church will quash those charges but the allegatins are still ouy there. Of course he will probably go to the grave as innocent as in not proven guilty. Check out HBO for Mea Maxima Culpa if you waht to learn both sides of the story.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son- Are you familar with the concept of "proving a negative"? Do you actually want me to prove that the Pope didn't know something?
      Please, you are suppose to be more intelligent than that. The burden of proof clearly rests on Usually.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Usually- the problem I have with what you cited is that those cases where back in the 1960's. Obviously Pope Benedict wasn't really around for that. Unless it was connected to where he was the Archbishop of Munich and Freising.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Honey, you're not cutting it. Do you have any evidence that popes go to heaven? Or anywhere else, other than a grave?

      February 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Unless it was connected to where he was the Archbishop of Munich and Freising." "Please, you are suppose to be more intelligent than that"

      Nope, not cutting it, fake. US/Lycidas writes circles around you. See if you can figure out why I pasted these two little gems.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son- You need to take a moment, get over yourself and breath.

      Better? Ok...note the part where he said jail. Did you see that? Did ya?

      Good...add the reference he gave from HBO and it makes even more sense what we are talking about.

      All better now I hope.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Usually

      Impaired typing, but the errors are readable, mea culpa.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Usually

      Ratzinger was in charge of the CDF at the Vatican when many of these cases were dealt with, watch the docu*mentary you will learn enough so that you will not have to speak from ignorance.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Usually- this is the CNN boards, don't fret over spelling errors or such. Those that do are just guilty of an ad hominem fallacy; attacking a person's grammar/spelling instead of the actual point of the comment.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nope. Fake, fake, fake, fake, fake. The real deal wouldn't fvck up "breathe," no matter what.

      Fail, troll.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If you're going to keep up this silly masquerade, troll, where's your evidence that the popes went anywhere other than the grave?

      Got any? Or, as the REAL Lycidas would write, HAVE any?

      February 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Usually- let me clarify...I am not saying that the Pope or anyone else involved is innocent. But I am also saying they are not guilty. Has any nation found him guilty of a crime?

      I am quite sure that many wrong things happened within the RCC but I am not a fan of lumping the blame on a person who wasn't involved with all of the proceedings and has not been found guilty of anything.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      THAT pile of dreck wasn't even worthy of captain axxhole, you fraud.

      Give it up. You can't fake smart.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      I'm sorry Usually that the Tom-troll is ad hominem crazy tonight. I think it has a figurative hard-on for me tonight for some odd reason.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nope, honey. You're an impostor, and not a very adept one.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • ..

      Swain.

      'Very much more serious is the role of Joseph Ratzinger, before the church decided to make him supreme leader, in obstructing justice on a global scale. After his promotion to cardinal, he was put in charge of the so-called "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" (formerly known as the Inquisition). In 2001, Pope John Paul II placed this department in charge of the investigation of child rape and torture by Catholic priests. In May of that year, Ratzinger issued a confidential letter to every bishop. In it, he reminded them of the extreme gravity of a certain crime. But that crime was the reporting of the rape and torture. The accusations, intoned Ratzinger, were only treatable within the church's own exclusive jurisdiction. Any sharing of the evidence with legal authorities or the press was utterly forbidden. Charges were to be investigated "in the most secretive way ... restrained by a perpetual silence ... and everyone ... is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office … under the penalty of excommunication." ~Christopher Hitchens

      He knew before he became Pope. Is there any reason you would think that after becoming Pope he would suddenly forget about it? Really? I mean, I get that you want to defend the indefensible, but please. You're stretching all credibility right now.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • ..

      ....and all quiet on the bullshit front. TTtPS, I do think you're right; faux US.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • ..

      No one seems to have answered US's question about whether or not the Pope has been found guilty of any crimes.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • ..

      He hasn't gone on trial yet; he has been very good at keeping himself out of prosectutorial reach via his diplomatic immunity. He will be tried, tho. The warrant is out for his arrest. Matter of time, matter of time. Another reason he is retiring in Vatican City instead of elswhere. Do some research. Sheesh.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • ..

      And you think anyone gives a crap what Richard Dawkins thinks?
      He's no better than those fools trying to have Bush arrested for war crimes.

      February 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • ..

      Are you as reading challenged as you appear? Dawkin wasn't even brought up, you moron. And Bush can't leave the fucking country because of the warrant out for his arrest. Dipshit, do some research.

      February 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
    • ..

      Expand you base of knowledge, Dawkins in the only person that is really trying to bring charges on the Pope.

      I guess you missed the trip to Africa made by Bush this past summer eh? Read more...comment less.

      February 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
  19. Madtown

    Where does an ex-pope go?
    -----
    Haven't we heard this joke before? In the woods, of course.

    February 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Clever! I can hardly bear it.

      February 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Cosette

      If the Pope shits in the woods, then bears are Catholic?

      February 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
  20. Doobs

    He kicks a group of cloistered nuns to the curb and moves into their digs. After a big remodel, of course.

    February 20, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Leggy Mountbatten

      He humbly continues to be spoiled rotten with lavish, expensive meals and lavish, expensive clothes, paid for by poor people duped into thinking the money in the dish buys them heaven.

      It's a good gig. No real work, and you are set for life. It's why Jesus gave up his job as an unskilled manual laborer.

      February 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Leggy- you just have no faith in people do you? That and I think you are totally ignorant on why people belong to a faith.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not the real US. Lousy, sh!tty writing. Not even close.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
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