Originally Posted by F1VENOM
Problem? No. It's in the news because it's a big scandal.
How long does it take before you can be a full member of the Catholic church traditionally?
Holy **** you're dragging the Affordable Care Act in here? Snoozefest.
Why is it a scandal? If the Catholic Church is so archaic and irrelevant in today's world why make such a big deal that one of it's leaders is "retiring." Now is the sex abuse issue finished? No but at least the Church under Benedict XVI's guidance is facing this problem. He's certainly done more to address this issue than John Paul II has. Is he running from this issue. I doubt it. If he was he should've quit when the scandal hit it's height in Ireland in 2010. Pope Benedict told the German journalist Peter Seewald that "if a pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign." Later that year he said to Seewald:
"When the danger is great one must not run away. For that reason, now is certainly not the time to resign. Precisely at a time like this one must stand fast and endure the difficult situation. That is my view. One can resign at a peaceful moment or when one simply cannot go on. But one must not run away from danger and say that someone else should do it."
Keep in mind that this was at the height of the clerical sex abuse scandal which was late winter and early spring of 2010. So I don’t think the sex scandal is the reason why he is abdicating. The scandal may have played a part in his declining physical health but the media saying that he's just running away or trying to avoid this issue is based more on anti-catholicism feelings rather than fact.
How long does it take to become a member of the Catholic Church traditionally? Depending on the region...a couple days or months. Without getting into too much detail most Catholics baptize their infants which means these infants become members of the Christian family and are now members of the Catholic Church within the first few months of their birth.
I did not bring up the HHS mandate to be discussed. I brought it up to make a point regarding the US Catholic Bishops and my comment that many times the Catholic Church is more reactive to situations rather than proactive. The point I'm trying to make is that if the Catholic Church was more proactive...i.e. properly catechizing it's members and providing ministries and services to deal with various "issues" before they become a big problem such as teen suicides it wouldn't be having to "react" to situations that have grown so large that they are almost impossible to handle.
I promise you....I will not get into the whole HHS debate thing on this thread so relax bro
"The essential characteristic of a great theologian is the humility to remain with the Church, to accept his own and others' weaknesses, because only God is all holy. We, on the other hand, always need forgiveness."
Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience (30 May 2007)