Perplexing Papacy

Today, is a momentous day in history, as Pope Benedict XVI resigns his papacy.

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The last time this happened was the year 1414.  Christians, at that time, were facing quite a dilemma.

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They were being asked to show allegiance to three separate Popes.

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The Council of Constance met and resolved the discord by asking all 3 Popes to abdicate.

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Antipope John XXIII refused and ran away from the Council.  He was subsequently deposed.

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Antipope Benedict XIII, of the Avignon party also refused to abdicate his papacy.  The Council declared him to be a schismatic (part of a splinter group) and excommunicated him from the church.

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The only Pope willing to resign was Gregory XII.

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When Pope Benedict XVI stepped aside today, he became the first Pope in almost 600 years, to willingly do so.

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Soon, The College of Cardinals will be coming together and setting the time table for their conclave, where the new Pope will be elected.

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Arrivederci Benedict di Papa, la pace è con lei.

(Farewell Pope Benedict, peace be with you.)

Remember, do not confuse these people:

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