Re-Elect Pope Benedict

With affection and appreciation.

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And we have to have some Latin…

And just for nice…


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  1. anilwang says:

    If only it would happen….

  2. pmullane says:

    Very nice father.

    ‘8 more years’

  3. Hugh says:

    “Eight more years!”

  4. SKAY says:

    At least 8 more years.

  5. Stumbler but trying says:

    Eight more years indeed! But I will be consoled if he spends eight more years with us in prayer after he retires. He looks so fragile, so precious is he.

    I thought I would share this here as I was not sure where else to post it. I like what the dear sister had to say about Papa Benedicto:
    Nun describes simplicity of Pope’s retirement monastery

  6. HyacinthClare says:

    That couldn’t actually HAPPEN, could it? The conclave says, “Holy Father, we’ve discussed your retirement and decided to decline”?

  7. jesusthroughmary says:

    They are completely free to re-elect him, as he is a baptized Catholic male and therefore eligible to accede to the papacy. However, there is the pesky matter of his acceptance.

  8. Suburbanbanshee says:

    It could happen, but it would be pretty harsh on him.

    That said, the Conclave Cardinals have the votes, and the rest of us don’t. Also, anything can happen in the Derby. :)

  9. Matt R says:

    HyacinthClare, it could happen,but extremely unlikely…

  10. Geoffrey says:

    I would assume… canonically speaking… the Sacred College could indeed re-elect him. He would then have to accept or decline.

    How I wish they would!!!

  11. MacBride says:

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot if we all bought a bunch of these bumper stickers and put them over all the “Obama” bumper stickers on the cars parked at church on Sunday? Sorry..just thinking out loud.

  12. Prof. Basto says:


    Theoretically, it could happen. Any Catholic male can be elected Pope at any time.

    At the same time, the Cardinals cannot reject the Pope’s retirement in the sense that they have no say over his abdication. The pope does not need permission or confirmation from the Cardinals in order to resign. His resignation is effective in virtue of his own will.

    But, once the Pope resigns and the resignation is effective, his pontificate comes to an end, and a new election follows. Then. theoretically, yes, the former Pope could be elected, just like any other male Catholic.

    The former Pope, however, when informed of that election, would be asked to accept the Pontificate, with the usual formula. And, of course, just like one can resign the papacy, the Pope-elect could refuse to accept the election. Black Smoke would follow, and the Conclave would be forced to continue until someone was elected and accepted the pontificate.

    All this, of course, is theory and mental exercise, as it would be almost impossible for the Cardinals to reelect someone who previously relinquished the Chair of Peter.

  13. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    It would be a fascinating analogue to a ‘vote of confidence’, though met in return by an lovingly insistent, “Non dignum idoneumque” [though he would confidently get grammar and word-choice right, which I am not sure I have].

  14. How do any of us know whether or not a doctor has informed of a condition that may soon emerge that we know nothing about? Let us bask in these splendidly good years and take comfort in his holy prayers as he lives out the rest of his days.

  15. Thomas S says:

    I really would like for a hefty bloc of cardinals to cast their first vote for Ratzinger to send a clear message to whoever is elected that, “This is for keeps. If you accept, you had better die in office.”

  16. mezzodiva54 says:

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    [Go HERE.]

  17. pinoytraddie says:

    Vote Him Again!Catholic Front for the Restoration of Tradition(CFRT)

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