I, like most people, have no idea that a Pope can resign. When the
the world by announcing the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, my first question
was whether that is even possible.
It seen that it is, though Pope Benedict XVI would be the first Pope to resign in over 600 years. Even though I’m not a Christian, I agree that it is a momentous announcement and one I have to admire Pope Benedict XVI for.
Pope Benedict XVI made the surprise announcement saying he could no longer fulfill his duties due to his declining strength and energy. At 85 years of age, that is understandable but his announcement is still shocking because no Pope in living memory had given up his position due to his own personal frailties. I dare say that if Pope Benedict XVI had decided to continue on in his position, no one would say anything. I mean it is so unusual that the
still deciding what title and what to call Pope Benedict XVI once he resigns.
Instead he made the harder choice and gave up his position and power to make way for a younger, more energetic man. That is admirable and a decision I’m not sure I would have been able to make. Frankly, I don’t care about the Pope or Benedict XVI (like I said, I’m not a Christian) but with this decision, he has my admiration.