Pope Calls It Quits

Pope Benedict XVI resigns his post (courtesy of Stan Honda / AFP / GETTY)

In a move that shocked Catholics (as well as non-Catholics) around the world, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will resign at the end of the month due to his “advanced age.”

The Pope represents roughly 1.2 billion Catholics and has become the first such spiritual leader to resign in almost 600 years. The last was Pope Gregory XII, who resigned in the 15th century.

“Strength of mind and body are necessary,” the Pope told Vatican officials earlier. “Strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

The Pope’s last day will be February 28th. At that time, cardinals will meet to select their next leader.

Once he retires, it is believed that Pope Benedict will retreat to a monastery and spend the remainder of his days in prayer and quiet contemplation. He is currently 85 years old.

In my opinion, Pope Benedict is making a very intelligent and informed decision. And he’s right: today’s world needs a Pope with the energy and fortitude to press on despite increasing violence, deteriorating morality, accusations of priests molesting children and the multitude of other “sins” that saturate our civilization.

I’m no Catholic, but I sincerely hope a new leader emerges who can not only address the needs of this population, but also legitimize the religion to young people. And based on some of the horrible crimes being committed by our youth today, they obviously need it.

Farewell and good luck, Pope Benedict. I may be agnostic, but that doesn’t mean I lack respect for someone many consider to be the “light of the world.” I just hope that light can be reignited before the world slips further into darkness.

Posted on February 11, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for writing this because no matter how much I’d have liked to write about it, well it wouldn’t have come any close to how you’ve put it.

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