• Pope Benedict Gives Up Papacy for Lent

    Pope Benedict XVI has a message for the faithful this Lenten season: you are not going to out-Catholic the Pope. You abstain from soda, he'll give up ice cream. You give up Facebook, he'll stop tweeting as @pontifex. You stop eating meat, he'll stop being the Pope.

    "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," read a statement issued by the Vatican early this morning.

    The Pope's resignation may be a sad reminder of physical frailty, but it's exciting news for election obsessives who have been without a good fix since the end of U.S. presidential race. Exit the Electoral College, enter the College of Cardinals! Goodbye Dick Morris making an ass of himself, hello everyone on Twitter making fools of themselves! Farewell to Fox News trying to make Benghazi a thing, greetings to an exhaustive investigation of Pope Julius III's Innocenzo scandal!

    Now what we really need is a 77towin blog from Nate Silver to track the path to a two-thirds majority in the Papal Conclave.

    #askpontifex Questions, Answered

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    Tags: Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Vatican


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