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The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

Jeff_Georgia Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 12:36 PM
How 'about we call it retirement? He is smart enough to know when he isn't capable of continuing. I wish the previous pope had done so...

The media, of course, is calling it a resignation. But it not so much a resignation of a political office as it is a renunciation. The 85-year old pontiff’s decision to renounce the power and prestige of the papal office is so unexpected, almost unprecedented, as to take the world by surprise.

Of course, we Americans of all people can understand what thoughts must have coursed through Pope Benedict XVI’s mind as he prayed about this weighty decision. We saw this kind of renunciation with our first president, George Washington. He did not leave the presidency before his second term expired,...