This morning, it was announced by the Vatican City that Joseph Ratzinger, who uses the alias Pope Benedict, will resign at the end of the month. The explanation that was provided: Bad health.
I suppose Ratzinger doesn’t have the option of saying that he wants to spend more time with his family.
Those of us who weren’t born yesterday will remember that Ratzinger’s predecessor, whose stage name was Pope John Paul, stayed in office to the bitter end, although his health was slowly and painfully degraded far beyond his ability to do much work at all. Catholics were told that it was a holy thing for the Pope to stay on the job despite his disintegration.
Does anyone really accept Ratzinger’s reason for the sudden resignation at face value?