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Sunday, February 06, 2005

POPE WAS 10 MINUTES FROM DEATH

According to THE HERALD SUN (AU):

THE Pope was just 10 minutes from death when he was rushed to hospital last week, a report has revealed.The Pope's condition was far graver than his spokesman let on, according to the US magazine Inside the Vatican due out this week. ... Inside the Vatican says the Pope was taken to the hospital's intensive care unit until his breathing spasms subsided - an action that also contradicted the account given by Vatican officials. "We got him by a breath," one medico tells the magazine. Another says: "If he had come in 10 minutes later he would have been gone."

According to TIME:

Pope John Paul II appears to be recovering after being hospitalized last week with a respiratory infection, the result of a bout with the flu. But his latest health scare has revived a heavy question hovering over St. Peter's Square: Who is really running the show? Despite his physical frailties brought on by Parkinson's disease, his collaborators say John Paul, 84, is mentally alert and capable of making big calls on the direction of the Roman Catholic Church. But even the most steadfast Vatican loyalists concede that a substantial chunk of his workload has been delegated to top subordinates in Rome. A senior Vatican official told TIME, "Things that the Pope would have handled personally in the past are more and more being entrusted to aides." Some duties, such as signing major encyclicals and apostolic letters, cannot be handed off to others. But Vatican insiders say the Pope has now given the green light to the heads of dicasteries to handle their own business virtually without oversight. "He is still the head of the church," said a priest based in Rome. "But he's more of a figurehead. He's not making the day-to-day decisions anymore."

So... these other day-to-day DECISIONS are not made by the "infallible" leader of the Church!? No wonder so many things the Church does are so AWFUL - like ignoring the root cause of the sex scandals, for decades, while paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to protect sinful evil priests! If the Pope cannot carry out his duties... then... maybe... he SHOULD retire!? It seems to me - an OUTSIDE OBSERVER - that the Church and the next Pope should take up these issues and come up with a more effective way of handling them.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gee - I thought they were 10 minutes away from transgering the Pope to a french hospital!

Keep up the good work Reliapundit!

regards,
Jay L.

Anonymous said...

Gee - I thought they were 10 minutes away from transfering the Pope to a french hospital!

Keep up the good work Reliapundit!

regards,
Jay L.

Anonymous said...

Gee - I thought they were 10 minutes away from transfering the Pope to a french hospital!

Keep up the good work Reliapundit!

regards,
Jay L.

MartiniPundit said...

The Pope is only infallible when speaking ex cathedra (literally 'from the chair,' but essentially when he says he is) on matters of faith and morals - nothing else. On all other matters he is as fallible as you or I. This sort of thing happens far less often than non-Catholics may think. In fact, the last such infallible pronouncement was in 1950 when Pope Pius XII anathematized communism.

The day to day running of the Church is always out of the Pontiff's hands, but in this case what they really mean is that the Vatican is in a holding pattern with this Pope no longer leading in a theological or policy sense and waiting for the next papacy.

As to the Pope retiring, this is a very sticky wicket. Only one Pope has done so - Celestine V in 1294 - who was 85 at the time of his election, did not wish to be elected, and only served a few months. If one believes one has been selected by God to be His Vicar on earth, how does one lay down such a charge? If he does - what do you do with him? We can all agree that the sex scandals - this Pope did fail to grasp how ineffectively the bishops were handling it - is a serious matter, however, from the point of view of this observer, the Church has been handling most others thing very well in this Pontificate, and I have no desire to see it end anytime soon.