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February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Will Resign

"Citing advanced years and infirmity, Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, stunned the Roman Catholic world on Monday by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28, less than eight years after he took office, the first pope to do so in six centuries," the New York Times reports.

"While there had been questions about Benedict's health and infirmity, the timing of his announcement -- even by the Vatican's official account -- sent shock waves across the globe, even though Benedict had in the past endorsed the notion that an incapacitated pope could resign."

Marc Ambinder: "Generally, when American political officials resign, a scandal is in the offing. But the former John Cardinal Ratzinger genuinely seems to be stepping down as Pontifex because he no longer believes he can do the job that he believes God has called him to do. There is something profound and endearing about someone elected (anointed?) to an incredibly powerful lifetime job deciding, with years still left, to walk away. That in and of itself is a powerful example to set for everyone."


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