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  1. Juthica
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    I am an Aging 200 student from the Erickson School of Aging and this is a topic that I have been following since the Pope stepped down. There has been a great deal of negativity towards his decision, where he had been accused of being a ‘weak’ Pope and stepping down at a time where the Catholic Church needed a leader. I, however, disagree. He has done what he feels is right for him to do at this point in his life. This is another life transition for him. He is, after all, still a human being who has experienced rites of passage and is now taking on a new role. His conventional role of being the Pope is lost, but he will now develop a new ‘self’ in his later years, which is a highly individual matter. I agree with the point made in this article that he had the freedom to step down because he believed it was the best thing for him.

  2. Debbie Van Straten
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    Bill–I just started following this blog and I really appreciate the wisdom you share. Also huge thanks to Kavan; I look forward to meeting him. I am recruiting more people to look to this site for thoughtfulness. It certainly helps me a great deal.

    Debbie Van Straten

  3. Ilene Cummings
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    This pope has not left a legacy of which he can be proud. History will prove that, we may be certain. His recalcitrance on Nuns having full rights as male priests do, is well known. His work or shall I say lack of work on pedophilia is scandalous! I agree with you on his willingness to understand his own aging is commendable. But this pope has been a failure. This is unacceptable in a person of such influence.

  4. Marti Weston
    Marti Weston at | | Reply

    I may needlepoint this insightful sentence on a few pillows.
    “A good old age is largely the product of setting and re-setting the boundaries and limits that best match one’s capacities to the requirements of daily life.”

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  6. Judy Konopaski
    Judy Konopaski at | | Reply

    If only others would follow suit. i have criticized some of this pope’s past decisions. But this one is not only spot on, it could possibly set a positive example for others in power positions.

  7. Robert Albert
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    Interesting indeed. During class the other day, I threw down on Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016 because of her recent illness and the rigors of the office. My perception was that she’s losing the physical capabilities of doing the job, but if ‘being aplomb’ means the job is not as hard as I would perceive it myself… She may not have the functional reserve, but if she doesn’t need the same reserves because she so far ahead of the curve on how to get things done. Maybe she is still in the running. Pope is stepping down, eh. Didn’t see that coming, but I went to Catholic High School. Looks like this Pope is going to set some standards for a lot of people to re-think.

  8. Joe Wasylyk (@Seniorpreneur)
    Joe Wasylyk (@Seniorpreneur) at | | Reply

    Positive ageism is when we determine our own finish line and NOT those that think we’re finished. Only then will Seniors (50 plus| be able to live an active, creative, productive and prosperous retirement life.

    1. Madeleine Kolb
      Madeleine Kolb at | | Reply

      This is extremely well stated, Joe. The words “… we determine our own finish line and not those that think we’re finished” are Made to Stick.

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