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Popular Misconceptions About The Papal Resignation and the Conclave
Catholic Culture ^ | 2/14/13 | Phil Lawler

Posted on 02/15/2013 6:02:20 AM PST by marshmallow

The mainstream media are suddenly taking a keen interest in Vatican affairs, sending reporters to process the latest unfounded rumors from Rome. Meanwhile self-proclaimed experts on Catholicism are flooding the internet with their own theories. As a result, thousands of inaccurate stories are appearing every day. Once again I encourage readers to treat every new report with caution, and sensational reports with outright skepticism. To separate the wheat from the chaff, keep checking this site.

We cannot correct every misleading story that appears in the media; there are simply too many. But we can, and will, offer occasional bulletins to clear up the most popular misconceptions. For instance:

* The Vatican is not hiding evidence of a medical crisis that prompted the Pope’s resignation. Yes, the Holy Father recently had the battery replaced on his pacemaker, but that is a routine operation. Yes, he stumbled and hurt his head during his trip to Mexico last year. But the injury was not severe, he completed all events on his schedule for that trip, and he has recovered fully. (It would have been sensible for Vatican officials to disclose the accident at the time, but the cult of secrecy runs deep.) Those who see the Pontiff on a regular basis report no signs of physical illness, apart from the ordinary effects of aging in general and arthritis in particular. It’s still possible that the Pope has suffered some new medical setback in recent weeks, but if that is the case, even high-ranking Vatican officials are still in the dark about it. The conspiracy theories, alleging an old illness or injury that has been hidden from the public, are simply wrong.

*Pope Benedict will not directly influence the choice of his successor. The Pope will leave Rome after his resignation, to..........

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1 posted on 02/15/2013 6:02:30 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
Here's a common misconception, at least in the media.

The newly-elected Pope must somehow change all the existing Chuch doctrine, in order to "bring the Church into modern times," and make the Church reflect the diversity and changing norms of society.

2 posted on 02/15/2013 6:08:22 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: marshmallow

I find it interesting that the same ilk who are looking for a conspiracy, rather than accept the resignation is age related, are the ones who mocked John Paul for his frail health in his latter years.


3 posted on 02/15/2013 6:11:36 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: marshmallow
Catholic Culture is not on the excerpt or Copyright List.

The whole article:

The mainstream media are suddenly taking a keen interest in Vatican affairs, sending reporters to process the latest unfounded rumors from Rome. Meanwhile self-proclaimed experts on Catholicism are flooding the internet with their own theories. As a result, thousands of inaccurate stories are appearing every day. Once again I encourage readers to treat every new report with caution, and sensational reports with outright skepticism. To separate the wheat from the chaff, keep checking this site.

We cannot correct every misleading story that appears in the media; there are simply too many. But we can, and will, offer occasional bulletins to clear up the most popular misconceptions. For instance:


4 posted on 02/15/2013 8:11:54 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; marshmallow

BTTT
Thanks very much, Salvation.
I went to the link first, anyway.
:)


5 posted on 02/15/2013 9:52:28 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Salvation
I don't think Catholic Culture wants their articles reprinted in full (without permission). This from Catholic Culture:
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6 posted on 02/15/2013 10:54:18 AM PST by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Salvation
Since number of hits and traffic volume are beneficial to web sites, especially Catholic web sites, I routinely excerpt articles, especially when lifted from Catholic web sites, irrespective of whether the site is on the "Copyright List". I want Freepers to go to the web site.

My primary concern here is not with Freepers who don't get to read the whole article but with supporting the Catholic blogoshpere and media.

7 posted on 02/15/2013 12:11:11 PM PST by marshmallow (.)
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To: Salvation

Yes, he stumbled and hurt his head during his trip to Mexico last year

And he recovered quicker than Hillary did! The Pope is tired, cannot fly anymore. He respects the role of the Pope and understands he cannot perform the duties anymore. Nothing wrong with that.


8 posted on 02/15/2013 6:22:48 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Isn't freedom worth fighting for?)
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