Agreed. I was just curious if there were other reasons, specifically all the divisions in the church, scandal, ordaining women priests, etc., but as you pointed out, he probably just felt he was no longer healthy enough to lead the church and contend with all of those issues. It's very responsible, indeed.
I deleted my original comment because I panicked and was like, "Gah! this isn't the place/time to discuss this...just stop, garseeyalater!" but whatever. Color me impressed with your history knowledge, and cheers to talking out of our asses!
I know! It's a big deal to resign as THE POPE. I understand his reasoning "Saying he had examined his conscience “before God,” Benedict said he felt that he was not up to the challenge of guiding the world’s one billion Catholics." That's terrifying and beyond daunting, obviously.
The last resignation somehow seems more light-hearted and ridiculous...this is just depressing as hell. This resignation is indicative of the whole "crisis in confidence" my beloved President Carter spoke of. Bleh. I am sorry I opened this can of worms. They just don't make papal resignations like they used to.
It seems super common for people to live together (for an extended amount of time)post-breakup. 61% is a lot. I have a bunch of friends (a bunch is the less scientific term for 61%)who lived with their exes, the longest amount of time was a year. Woah!
For some reason, when I first read about the resignation I was really angry. I was like "Gah! No one can commit to anything anymore! Everybody just quits everything!If something gets a little difficult, just walk away, man." I think I'm projecting (in a very unattractive way, at that). Sorry, everyone. Also, these are hilarious!
They're a jazz quartet, btw.
I hear ya. Portland has some great free shows or reasonably priced shows, but the winter-time is hit or miss. There are tons of free or $5 and under shows, but you'll encounter a fair share of drunk/smelly humans. I don't mind them so much, but I enjoy less divey/scary shows a lot more than I used to.
Not sure if you've ever been to Jimmy Mak's on Wednesdays, but the Mel Brown Quartet plays for $5 and they're crazy awesome. It's the kind of thing I would never, ever have been into a few years ago, but now that I'm 25 and soooooooo much wiser (haha?) I'm totally into it.
@Reginal T. Squirge Oh man! yeah, he was at the Star Theater, but I didn't make it. I saw the Parson Red Heads at Mississippi Studios a couple weeks ago, and they were bomb. That place has great sound. Michael Hurley is playing at the Record Room tonight...he's folky, and great. There's also a punk/garage show at Slabtown tonight. Not sure what "style" (ugh) of music you're into, but I could go on and on about music, so I won't.
Anyone in Portland who's seeing live music this weekend/coming week?