Pope Benedict retires, a once in 600 year experience. Hopefully the Holy Spirit
will guide the bishops in making the next selection, rather than a political
agreement amongst mere men.
According to the Catholic faith, a pope is a successor of Peter the Apostle. It
is supposed to be a calling for life, and should never be abandoned no matter
what the reason. I can't see the Apostle Peter saying that he was just too
tired to do the work so he is resigning. Sorry, but I simply don't agree
with this resignation. I believe the last pope to resign did it to prevent a
schism within the Catholic Church and did it for the good of the Church as there
were two reigning popes. Pope Benedict is needed to lead the Catholic Church,
especially now when the Church is under heavy fire from many factions and needs
its leader as an example of strength. He should not resign.
Not knowing the extent of the Pope's health, I call this a selfless act on
his part. For centuries, successive Popes served until death in declining states
of body and mind long past their prime. This could be a precedent setting
example, not just to future Popes, but to many in other walks who feel obliged
to struggle on when time has come to turn the reins over to the next generation.
I am not Catholic, but I was raised among Catholic's. Historically, there
was anti-semitism within the Catholic Church. During World War II, there was
some suspicion of complicity with the Germans regarding the Jewish problem.
However, recent Popes have corrected this historical mistake and Pope Benedict
has been forthcoming in his support for the Jewish nation. For that reason, I
feel he deserves gratitude and praise for his moral courage in the face of a
world slipping ever further into the depravity and sewage of anti-semitic
I say God speed. Sorry I've fallen away from the faith, but you're a
good man Pope.
Regardless of our personal relationship to the Catholic faith, any time a
genuinely good person retires from duty; whether or not we personally feel that
they should have - historically or for what ever reason, we celebrate that there
are good people in this world who are willing to do good things for how ever
long they can. A great many people don't even try. I think the pope did
and should be commended for his service; however long or short the tenure.