Yep, and several have. THEY have to choose to retire, though. There’s no term limit.[/quote]
Interesting history there, a quick bit of googling shows that papal retirements are far far from the norm and the really only happened between 1000-1450 A.D. when there were a lot of kings and politics and armies involved in selection of the pope. Not exactly a precedent a modern pope wants to be compared to.
Yeah, it’s a case of dogma/tradition getting in the way of pragmatic common sense. (In the Catholic Church? Unpossible!) I got into a fun argument with my in-laws, who are strict Catholics, over why women shouldn’t be priests. It was over pretty quick, though, once I hit the “Because that’s the way it should be” wall.
Nothing specific, just his prima donna demeanour in general. It’s as though he feels he is the star of the show and not just some guy doing the news. Lou Dobbs is the same way (Lou Dobbs actually had a piece about how the Washington Post or somesuch mentioned him by name in one of their articles … he was beaming like a little kid who has just taken their first dump without falling into the toilet during that piece).
I suppose I just take exception to the increasing trend towards punditry, ‘personalities’ and editorial opinion pieces in place of proper reportage. It seems like practically every hour on the various cable news networks these days has someone or other’s name in the title, as if anyone should give a flying fuck who is reading the news.
The Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick, or sumsuch. Although typically regarded as the Last Rights (and maybe should be, dunno how the pope is doing), you can recieve it if you are sick in any way.