I'm aware that previous discussion on meta has established that there is room for politics on Christianity.SE. At the same time, questions have been closed because they are only relevant at a specific point in time.
Here are some sample questions. I've arbitrarily chosen Pope Benedict XVI's recent resignation as fodder for this meta question. I have no intention of asking any of these questions on Christianity.SE, I just figured these would be good example questions to point to in the future (some are intentionally provocative). Some of them are intentionally here even though I know they should not be asked on SE. I think this can be a handy reference in the future for newcomers.
- Who are the main candidates for Pope since Cardinal Ratzinger has resigned?
- Does the Pope's resignation have anything to do with the recent findings that have come to light about Cardinal Ratzinger's involvement in investigating church sex scandals?
- Do you think Roman Catholics are ready for a black Pope (Arinze)?
- In the wake of Pope Benedict's resignation, the media keep saying that Gregory XII was the last Pope to resign in 1415, but wasn't he actually deposed by a council? If so, who was the last Pope to resign?*
- Are there any theological difficulties created by the resignation of a Pope, specifically concerning the doctrine of Papal infallibility?
- What is the proper title by which to address a former Pope?
- Is Pope Benedict XVI allowed to participate in the conclave to elect his successor (as a Cardinal)?
I'm looking for feedback on which (if any) would be considered appropriate and why or why not.
**Just for kicks, the answer to #4 is that the last pope to resign voluntarily was Celestine V in 1294. Gregory XII (whom the media keep mentioning) was indeed deposed by a council in 1415 - he did not resign voluntarily.*