Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Pope Retires: My Non-Catholic Thoughts
So I am not a Catholic. Nor am I catholic, even though I like to think I am sometimes.
There are a lot of big beliefs I don't share with the Catholic faith. But I completely respect the institution and it's followers. It's just not a fit for me on a personal level.
That aside, I have seen the Pope (John Paul II) live and in person from not too many feet away. I went to a Catholic school. And find certain aspects of the religion utterly fascinating (like the details of how they chose a Pope for example...the colored smoke...get out of town...it's fabulous!). I am no expert on Catholicism but I am not stranger to it either.
So that's your warning on my background. Don't yell at me that I am not Catholic so I don't know what you know.
Here is what I think...
What the heck is the big whoop-d-do about this man retiring?
I have never understood why they pick Popes who are so gosh darn old to begin with? That's the biggest job in the entire faith and arguably, one of the biggest jobs in the world. You need stamina and creativity and energy. Not something often found in those over 70. And if you wait for a man to die, then you likely have a decade or so where you get a sort of lame duck Pope.
Retirement just seems like the best option for everyone. Why it hasn't happened in 600 years seems crazy to me. This man worked hard and served his faith and followers well for more than half a century. He deserves to sit back and relax for a few years.
So I think the gossip about a Pope retiring, instead of dying, is so dumb. What a lame news story. The REAL story is that he is going to retire to (so says NBC and CNN) a convent full of nuns. Insert about 4000 jokes and endless giggles. Why a convent instead of a normal apartment or the equivalent for priests is so curious!
Those who are Catholic, please fill me in. Will he still be called Pope or even former Pope as we refer to our Presidents here in the US? Or will he be demoted to his title and name prior to becoming Pope?