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POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 7:03pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 10:16am

The announcement of the retirement of Pope Benedict caught everyone by surprise. And while we’ve heard reactions from church and world leaders, what about local parishes and clergy?

We found ourselves wondering today, what’s the reaction in the pews to the first Papal resignation in 600 years? And Father Tim Kelly was happy to oblige.

“You know, if you’re old and sick and in trouble, and the Pope is old and sick and in trouble…it might be a great inspiration,” he told us.

Father Kelly is the rector of St. Mary Magdelene Catholic Church in Flint. And he knew both Pope Benedict and his predecessor John Paul the Second.

“You know, Benedict had some big shoes to fill,” Fr. Kelly says. “I’ll give you the most striking difference between John Paul and Benedict is the way they celebrated the liturgy. John Paul had immense style. He was very conscious of the camera. He was an artist. He had been an actor. He understood that liturgy is to capture the eye and the heart, and bring people to Christ. Benedict was a romantic, a German romantic.”

He feels Pope Benedict should be given credit for things that took some courage.

“He did take the Legion of Christ,” Kelly said, referring to a religious organization founded in the early 1940’s, ”and shamed their leader, shamed him in public, which he should have been.  And condemned him for being a pedophile, a rapist, a bigamist and a thief. And that would never have happened if Benedict hadn’t courage.”

And despite all the speculation, the next choice by the College of Cardinals, might well be Italian.

“I lived in Rome near the end of John Paul’s time, and yeah, they liked John Paul, he brought lots of tourists to the city. But even the taxi drivers would tell you they wanted an Italian Pope,” Fr. Kelly recounts.

But whomever is chosen, the task will be formidable. Incidentally, there is a prophecy, generally believed to be a forgery, but  attributed to the Irish Saint Malachi that the next Pope will be the last before the end times.

“St. Malachi was an Irish saint,” Fr. Kelly laughs, “and you know Irish saints…on certain festive days of the year, might not have been altogether logical, you know. They might have been sort of on something.”

The Cardinals will meet in March and choose a new Bishop of Rome. That means, the new Pope will be installed in time for Easter.

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Was Peter married? He had a Mother in law (MT. 8:14) 14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. So, the catholic church and their decrees are based on a falsehood, usually called a lie.
KJV: 14 And when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying and sick with a fever.

Good, I consider this person to one of the most evil people on the Earth. He allows people to call him Holy Father, a title reserved only for God alone. He also presides over a church that frequently and persistently violates children. He lauds himself as a person in the line of Peter, who he says was not married. He was married. Hence the prohibition of marriage amongst catholic so called priests. The book of Hebrews 9:11ff describes Jesus as the high priest of the church. There is no other.

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