We well know that Roman Catholic Popes have not always acted ethically.
In the case of Pope Benedict XVI his surprise resignation makes sense. He is correct to resign the papacy.
He has been head of the church for eight years but at 85, he is no longer fit enough, mentally and physically, to maintain the rigorous schedule.
Popes usually reign until death.
I see this as a brave move on his part and it is historic. The job belongs to a younger man (or perhaps one day a younger woman).
The Cardinals, who will select the next Pope, should seriously look at someone young (by young I mean in the 50s).
It is almost 600 years since the last Pope, Gregory XII, left his role.
What is this Pope’s legacy?
I liked that he criticized the excesses of capitalism and denounced consumerism and materialism.
He also apologized for the clergy abuse scandal. Some say it did not go far enough and this is true.
Benedict XVI was hyper conservative and many Catholics moved away from the church under his papacy.
This really caught me by surprise as there is a tradition for a pope to sit atop the church till death.
Did it shock you?
Who should replace him?