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Old 11 February 2013, 07:14 PM
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I think he just needs to go fishing. Serious question: If the Pope wanted to go fishing could he? Would "they" let him?
Your question reminded me of a charming and rarely-seen film, Saving Grace, in which Tom Conti plays a newly-elected (and very young) Pope who though a series of mishaps has an incognito adventure in a small Italian village. But I don't think he goes fishing.
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Old 11 February 2013, 07:23 PM
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I think he just needs to go fishing. Serious question: If the Pope wanted to go fishing could he? Would "they" let him?
John Paul II, in his younger days, did physically active stuff all the time, and I don't think he gave 'them' much say about it.

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Old 11 February 2013, 07:30 PM
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I think he just needs to go fishing. Serious question: If the Pope wanted to go fishing could he? Would "they" let him?
It probably depends on the type of fishing. Flycasting and spinning, maybe, noodling, spear-fishing, and ice-fishing are out.

I love the image of the Pope in full regalia walking into a river and then plunging his hands into a big hollow log to wrestle a 30 pound catfish out.

Actually, an article i saw early today said that his health is so frail, he has been told to not even take trans-Atlantic flights, so fishing might even be beyond him right now, unless the concern is wholly over the long period without walking around affecting blood clots and circulation.
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Old 11 February 2013, 07:33 PM
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I think he might be a fan of TSV 1860 München, a munich soccer club. They are not doing too well, and he might have had lost faith.
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Old 11 February 2013, 07:36 PM
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I love the image of the Pope in full regalia walking into a river and then plunging his hands into a big hollow log to wrestle a 30 pound catfish out.
JPII used to go skiing in his days, while he was pope, too.

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Old 11 February 2013, 07:50 PM
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So I guess this will make the current Pope an Ex-Benedict.
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Old 11 February 2013, 07:58 PM
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So I guess this will make the current Pope an Ex-Benedict.


A pun that bad deserves CONFESSION!
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Old 11 February 2013, 08:01 PM
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I know that was a pun, but it does raise this stupid question:

When a Pope steps down before he dies, is he henceforth addressed by his papal name (i.e Benedict) or his birth name (i.e Joseph)?
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Old 11 February 2013, 08:06 PM
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So I guess this will make the current Pope an Ex-Benedict.
I hope he has a retirement home in the Netherlands, so we can talk about Ex-Benedict's Holland Days.

ETA: Of course, There's No Place Like Rome, but those Holland Days....

I'll stop. I promise.
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Old 11 February 2013, 08:09 PM
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That's the second person I've seen make that joke today. Love it!

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Old 11 February 2013, 08:19 PM
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I hope he has a retirement home in the Netherlands, so we can talk about Ex-Benedict's Holland Days.
That would be a real Deutsch treat, huh?
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Old 11 February 2013, 08:28 PM
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I heard some speculation by people being interviewed on NPR that he may have chosen to resign rather than to die in office in order to have some sway over the choosing of his replacement. Technically, the bishops are "free" when there's no pope, but if the ex-pope is still right there, they may feel more constrained by his wishes. That could be a play to keep the position from going to a strong reformer.
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Old 11 February 2013, 08:35 PM
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I know that was a pun, but it does raise this stupid question:

When a Pope steps down before he dies, is he henceforth addressed by his papal name (i.e Benedict) or his birth name (i.e Joseph)?
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According to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Pope Benedict will return to being known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger once he has stepped down as pope. He will be addressed as his eminence or Cardinal Ratzinger
http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/world/...d-a/index.html
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Old 11 February 2013, 08:42 PM
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Technically, the bishops are "free" when there's no pope, but if the ex-pope is still right there, they may feel more constrained by his wishes.
Actually, it is the College of Cardinals, not the bishops who choose the Pope. Most cardinals are bishops, but not all, and there are plenty of bishops who are not cardinals.
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Old 11 February 2013, 08:46 PM
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I heard some speculation by people being interviewed on NPR that he may have chosen to resign rather than to die in office in order to have some sway over the choosing of his replacement. Technically, the bishops are "free" when there's no pope, but if the ex-pope is still right there, they may feel more constrained by his wishes. That could be a play to keep the position from going to a strong reformer.
Maybe they think his input will be Pope-ariffic!
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Old 11 February 2013, 08:52 PM
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Actually, it is the College of Cardinals, not the bishops who choose the Pope. Most cardinals are bishops, but not all, and there are plenty of bishops who are not cardinals.
I meant cardinals, not bishops. Brain glitch.
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Old 11 February 2013, 09:16 PM
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I'm with you there.
According to the article I was reading on Yahoo! earlier today, the College of Cardinals(most of whom were hand-picked by Benedict)leans pretty conservative, so I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Old 11 February 2013, 09:23 PM
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To quibble, most were selected by earlier Popes, mostly John Paul II, but only those under the age of 80 may vote on selecting a new Pope. Of those under 80, the majority were selected by Benedict.
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Old 12 February 2013, 12:39 AM
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Personally I'm hoping for an old school Pope name like Urban or Clement.
The new Pope should show how modern he is by choosing a name like Taylor, Tyler or Nathan.

If the Canadian guy is chosen I hope he goes with Scott or Gord.
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Old 12 February 2013, 12:48 AM
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I wanna see another Pope Hilarious.
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