God bless the pope
Admittedly not all Christians would like God to bless the retiring pope. But on balance I have even found that died-in-the-wool Protestants are more likely to support the pope that to support my view that he should be prosecuted for all the evil done in the name of his church.
Many would like him to have a long private retirement, in solemn prayer, forgiven for all his deeds.
I suppose he could be allowed solitude without living in luxury. Justice might be better served it it could be arranged for him to be solitary in a prison cell for the rest of his days.
After all, he has a hotline to God, so he wouldn't be lonely.
There's an alternative point of view about Pope Benedict, of course. Tim Minchin presented it in quite a forthright song - The Pope Song. Follow the link if you want to hear it, but I should warn you that it contains bad language from the very beginning. Alternatively this one is a slightly more entertaining and less polished performance.
You might be offended by the repetition of disrespectful terms and tha amount of swearing. Does it need to be so offensive? Well I think it was done deliberately to make a strong and valid point. As Minchin sings (towards the end of the song), if you find him more offensive than the Catholic Church's tacit approval of the activities of many of its priests, then you are the one who is morally misguided!
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