People are just having fun, right? Entertaining themselves? Just like me with my 3/13/13 'prediction', huh?
You can't take Benedict XVI at his word? That he renounced the papacy because of waning strength due to age? So Our Lady told him to do it? Which Lady? Our Lady of Fatima? Or Garabandal? Or was it Medjugorje? OMIGOSH! Was it Akita?
Of course Benedict made his decision in prayer - he said as much when he admitted he searched his conscience and made his choice freely.
You want an American Pope? USA! USA! USA! USA! All the reasons Burke should be Pope can be summed up in that chant... I don't care how traditional he is. Who can know the mind of God?
"God thirsts for our faith and wants us to find the source of our authentic happiness in him. Every believer is in danger of practicing a false religiosity, of not seeking in God the answer to the most intimate expectations of the heart but, on the contrary, treating God as though he were at the service of our desires and projects.…" - Benedict XVIFYI: A plague of locusts has descended upon Egypt.