Scientology's "Pope" Isn't Resigning, But Some in the Church Want to Give Him a Push - 2013-02-11
This Photoshopped image of Scientology leader David Miscavige as Pope was created by the smart-asses over at Anonymous. We think it's blasphemous. Which is why it's so darn funny. The surprising news this morning is that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of the month, the first pope to walk away from the position since 1415.
When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, before he became pope in 2005, he expressed the opinion that popes of elderly age and failing health should step down rather than hold on to the title to the bitter end. So perhaps the frail 85-year-old is just taking his own advice. But there will be endless speculation about how much his decision was influenced by the Catholic Church's ongoing controversy over pedophile priests — and Ratzinger's involvement in the past to sweep away that growing scandal.
A religious leader stepping down as his church is mired in scandal: Well, we can't help thinking of another church that finds itself gripped by several crises, and for which its members, past and present, have vocally blamed its leader for helping to create.