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Pat McMahon

How can the Pope resign?

Wow! So Monday this Irish-Catholic kid is driving to work listening to the morning news and Ned Foster tells me that the Pope is resigning.

I got whiplash.

Nixon resigned. George Steinbrenner resigned from the Yankees. Popes don't resign. Well, not since 1415 when Gregory XII did it. And I was surprised then.

Steinbrenner was a good guy, but even in catholic time 600 years is fairly long. Pope Benedict says he's leaving Feb. 28 whether a successor has been chosen or not. At the Vatican, that's a nano second. Why the short notice?

Well, he is 85, but in Pope years, he's just reaching middle-age productivity. He has regularly referred to his declining strength and I think it's fair to say that the entire world wishes him comfort and peace in his retirement.

But now who will take the leadership of a religious body of 1.2 billion in one of it's most troubled modern times? According to many, the favorite to be elected by the college of cardinals is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.

Peter Turkson of Ghana? Wait just a minute! There is reason to believe that this black religious leader may have actually been born in Hawaii.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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