Monday, 11 February 2013

Oooh! This is going to be fun!

From the BBC:

The Pope is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, the Vatican has confirmed.

The 85-year-old became Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005 following the death of John Paul II. The reasons behind the pontiff's surprise resignation have yet to emerge.

At 78, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was one of the oldest new popes in history when elected.

I wonder which particular embarrassing scandal it might have been? The mind boggles.


Barnacle Bill said...

Vatican been supply Findus?

Kj said...

Since he his the first pope in modern times who has resigned in the worldly way, is there a defined benefit pension on the books? Annuities are probably good value when you're 85.

Mark Wadsworth said...

BB, I was thinking more along the lines of...

Ratzinger's SS Division stole gold from occupied territories which they deposited with the Vatican Bank, who then used it to finance a horse meat smuggling operation which supplied food to Catholic children's homes staffed by paedophiles or something.

Or maybe it turns out he has a child?

john b said...

The official statement says that he's retiring on the grounds of age, which is odd, as you'd have thought that's something they'd have been able to predict in advance.

I was hoping for "spending more time with his family", though.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Kj, Popes aren't supposed to have cash which they can invest in annuities.

JB, I'd have thought that electing a really old guy is the way that the other cardinals of hedging their bets and ensuring that they get another chance to be elected Pope in a few years' time.