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J-Ratz turns 80

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Football_Bat, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member


    Happy birthday, Pope.
  2. Jack_Kerouac

    Jack_Kerouac Member

    My first thought was, "John Ratzenberger is 80?!? Man, he looked younger than 60 when he was on 'Cheers.'"
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    "wha, wha, whaddya mean 80? It's a little known fact he's no older than 60..."

  4. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    My thought exactly! I was floored.
  5. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    Do you think we'll ever have a youngster wearing the flowing robes, someone maybe in their late 40s or early 50s who might stick around for 25 or 30 or 35 years?
  6. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Isn't this pope basically a set-up man for a younger, more qualified candidate in the wings?
  7. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    the flowing robes ... striking
  8. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Pixar dies more than a little with that passing.
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    They just had that with JPII, who was a very healthy 57 when he took office -- who knows how much toll the assassination attempt took on his health.

    There is some thinking among the hierarchy that they don't want popes staying in office 25-30 years, because that makes one single person too influential on the direction of the entire instituiton (although a lot of them think that's a real good thing).

    And yes, Benedict is clearly a short-termer. He's had some health problems that don't indicate a really long life expectancy. They knew when they elected him they probably wouldn't get a papacy of more than 5-7 years.

    Just wait for Pope George Ringo I. :D
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