Can't really believe how sharp some folks are being on a thread about the Pope retiring....
There is an interesting book called Petrus Romanus--the Final Pope Here written last year. Check it out if you are interested in this stuff. It reviews all the information, for and against, and you draw your own conclusions.
The titles are not literal...No pope would take the name of Peter...who would have the chutzpah to do that, take the name Peter II? No one. And the Roman could refer to something other than residence.
Cardinal Bertone's second name is Peter...and he was born in Romano Canavase, Italy.
Or Peter could refer to some aspect of what Peter did...like was a fisherman...denied Christ three times...stuff like that. Who knows?
Prophecy is full of metaphor. Jesus always taught in parables. Why did He do that? Let those hear who have the ears to hear it.
Not sure why you think the Book of Revelation is only for the Jews 2000 years ago, but to each his own conclusion.
Scripture instructs us to be wise as serpents, and to question everything. That is what I do--I seek out all kinds of information and knowledge, and then make my own decisions.
My faith is strong; Christ will come again when the Father wills it, and the next pope will be elected, and what will happen will happen. I am just an observer.
Have you heard of this Book Pat? You might be interested in it.
"The Book of Destiny"-by Fr. Herman Bernard Kramer
Fr. Kramer spent over 30 years compiling this fantastic and frightening interpretation of the Apocalypse, which he took from the writings of The Fathers of The Church. Read how Red Communism is the scourge of God on sinful nations; who was given the "keys" of Hell, who the sun, the moon and the stars are. Weep at the apostasy of Rome when she overthrows the Vatican-Papacy. Read of her awesome fate for becoming the "Great Harlot" Understand why one-third of the human race will die in the Third World War. Do the Fathers say what the mark of the Beast will be? What does the number 666 mean? When do Henoch and Elias enter the drama? WHEN - WHY do we lose the Sacrifice of the Mass? For priests and laity alike. A great spiritual gift for all. Imprimatur.