This news story just hit this morning, and thought I'd check in with everyone here. The first pope to resign in 700 years (I think the last was in the 1400's). So, my first reaction was of great optimism and happiness. I was never a fan of Benedict, and find that when I look at his picture, I have a physical reaction of dread and near nausea. I don't know why - he just doesn't seem pope material. (Say what you will, but I loved Pope John-Paul. He seemed like a kind and gentle man. Benedict... not so much.
So I'm just wondering where people are on this story. Good or bad? My feeling is that Benedict could not contain the growing anger about the rampant pedophilia in the Church and he decided to bail out before it got too ugly... or too personal (I have suspicions about him, personally as well). I read that a saint from long ago predicted that there would be 112 popes before the church would fall, and named each of them with attributes that have come close in every case. The last, Peter of Rome, is now set to be named sometime in March. For a person who believes that organized religion has done such damage to the psyches of its followers that they should all be tried for crimes against humanity, this "last pope" scenario is kinda cool. For a recovering Catholic, with many friends and family still devout... it's a little on the scary side. I hope whomever they choose can take apart the institution in a peaceful and loving way to set their people free to pursue their God in a way that makes each person light up.
Curious to your thoughts on this.
lots of love,