God Bless him!! Notwithstanding the slams in the article, Pope Benedict has been just what the Church needed the past few years. I respect him for admitting that the job is getting to be too much for him. He knows how important it is for the Church to have a strong, healthy leader, here on Earth, to serve our Lord among His people. I know the Holy Spirit will guide the College of Cardinals when they meet to choose a successor.
It is rumored that he advised John Paul II to resign. The sex crisis blew up at a time when the pope was virtually incapacitated. Not until he was elected in 2005 was Benedict able to take strong measures—often against liberals in and out of the Vatican who opposed him. I imagine that the recent scandals involving his butler helped decide him. reminding me of Thurgood Marshalls comment on why he was resigning from SCOTUS Im just too damn old! There should an age limit on our high officials. Maybe 80. Even old people in good health are seldom suited for the high pressures of office.