What A Day. Pope Announces Retirement. My 4 Years Of ‘The Next Pope’ & Papabili Becomes Flavor Of The Day. Thanks GoDaddy.
.by Anura Guruge
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I was the last one to expect this pope to resign. I had spent hours arguing against it. My basic premise was the same as that been bandied around in Rome: ‘you don’t climb down from the cross‘. It is a job for life. My Queen exemplifies that and today more than ever I was proud of her and her commitment to upholding that duty and tradition.
The pope resigning causes manifold complications that most have not even thought about. Does he go back to being a cardinal? He probably does. But, a problem. He was a Cardinal Bishop. Cardinal Bishops must hold what is called a Suburbicarian See (suburban, i.e. surrounding Rome) ‘seat’. There are only 7 and they are all allocated. Yes, the pope can do anything, but it will be even more stange if he creates a new Suburbicarian See for himself. He most likely will have to be called Cardinal Ratzinger, though many will have problems doing that having got used to calling him by other, more elevated titles. There are also some interesting legal ramifications. Since he will no longer be a head of state he loses his diplomatic immunity. That could become an issue.
For the last 4 years I have been waiting for this day, i.e., the start of a papal transition. I like most others thought that there will be a gentle lead-in period. The pope falling ill … That what has happened most of the time other than with poor John Paul I (#264). But, there was no ramp-up in this case. It was BANG.
Deanna woke me up with a phone call at 8:10 am to tell me the news. I knew that it would be quite a day.
Nearly all of my Web assets, other than my (35+) WordPress.com blogs (such as this), are with GoDaddy.com. I have been with them for at least 11 year, maybe more. GoDaddy and I grew up together over those years. There were some rocky patches. We weathered them. About 4 or 5 years ago there was a marked change. We kind of got pretty close to mission-critical level, ‘non-stop’ operation. I was glad that I stuck with them. I kind of know my way with them.
A few years ago I had e-mailed the Office of the President of GoDaddy. They took care of it and even responded by e-mail. I kept that e-mail address. I do not abuse. I have used it sparingly.
This morning I e-mailed the Office again and explained my dilemma. A very nice gentleman, an Irish Catholic, called me within 30 minutes. He said that some of my problems were already fixed.
Now here is the amazing part. Over the day he called me back 6 times, on his own volition. They were monitoring the hits on my site and trying to help me out. They did two further upgrades for me, free of charge! What service. I am so grateful. So appreciative. They came through for me. That was good. Thank YOU, GoDaddy. All together I have had over 30,500 hits today. That is about a 30 fold increase. Yes, between this blog and my two pope blogs I average over a 1,000 hits a day and that is not counting my ‘dormant’ Windows 7 blog that continues to get 150 hits a day — and has done every day since 2010.