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Benedict XVI Resignation


Pope has resigned because he felt he was no longer up to the demands the office made on him. Pope Benedict XVI is someone who has probably looked himself in the mirror and looked at his predecessors — no one else has done this — and said, “For me, I need to do this. Because I’m taking an honest look at my physical and mental and spiritual balance sheet, and I don’t have enough assets right now.” In some ways, it’s an act of great responsibility; of really responding to his spiritual duty. That hasn’t happened in 600 years.

In 1294, the hermit Pietro da Morrone, elevated to the papacy with the title of Celestine V because the cardinals couldn’t agree on anyone else, felt likewise after only six months in the job, and gave up. He wanted to return to his hermitage but Boniface VIII, his successor, thought it…

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