Three things that Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement shows me:
- The timing of the retirement, just before the Lenten/Easter season, seems to show that he felt great urgency to step aside. Perhaps his health is worse than is known.
- The high respect for the office he holds. I can only imagine how gruelling that job must be. His abdication demonstrates that rather than continue in a job he feels he can’t do to full effectiveness, it is better to make way for God to install someone better able.
- The manner in which both John Paul II and Benedict XVI’s Pontificate’s ended is/was inspiring and they serve as good examples, especially to those of us in any form of Church leadership. John Paul II chose to run the church as spiritual leader, leading through suffering, and this was greatly inspiring. But, the manner of Benedict XVI’s abdication demonstrates great humility and courage. How many world leaders knowingly step aside and give up power and status?
Also, he has one more encyclical in the works. It will apparently still be released but not as a Papal encyclical.
Here’s a roundup of some articles from around web. Some from Catholics, many not.
- Papa Ratzi’s Rare Resignation–Pope bows out, first time since Middle Ages, Chris Haw [Catholic and former Protestant]
- Benedict XVI’s resignation is a first for Canon Law, Vatican Insider [Catholic]
- Habemus Papam, Still, Karl Keating, President, Catholic Answers [Catholic]
- Pope Benedict: An Anabaptist Appreciation, Johann Christoph Arnold [Anabaptist]
- Pope Benedict: Not Pope John Paul II, Joshua Gonnerman [Catholic]
- An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI, Russell D. Moore [Protestant]