It is very long ago that a pope resigned.
I am not sure whether this time, pressure by a rival played a role in the resignation of Benedict XVI Ratzinger.
But, maybe as a positive note among negative notes: it seems that, at least, Pope Benedict XVI did not want to hold on to big power at all costs. I hope that other heads of state and prime ministers who have done much wrong will follow his example and resign.
One should hope that Ratzinger‘s successor will correct what went wrong under Benedict XVI. But I don’t have a crystal ball. So, I cannot predict the future.
- Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation comes out of the blue (itv.com)
- Pope Benedict XVI to resign having ‘no strength to continue’ (rt.com)
- Pope Benedict XVI: The diehard traditionalist who resigned his post (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- First Argentine pope elected (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation and Possible Prosecution for Abetting Child Rape and Obstruction of Justice (liberalvaluesvoter.wordpress.com)
- The Skeletons in Benedict’s Closet: A guide to the sex abuse scandals under Pope Benedict XVI’s watch (syracuse.com)
- Two popes, two resignations: Benedict XVI and Celestine V (newsinfo.inquirer.net)