He’s giving up for lent
I don’t even care that he’s not giving up for lent because he’s leaving at the end of February and lent starts tomorrow; this made me smile.
So, the Pope has announced that he’s resigning. I don’t know what it is like to hand in a resignation letter to God, but I still think he’s made a good move. I don’t even mean that in the predictable yay-down-with-organised-religion way you might expect from me; I think he made the right decision, even within the context of the Catholic Church.
A lot of people look up to him. And he’s right that he’s old, and probably dithering a little. And if he isn’t confident in the decisions he is making, or might be making, on the behalf of the other people in his Church then stepping down is the right thing. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Pope has done, ignored and condoned some awful things, but this is the right decision if he sincerely feels he cannot live up to the expectations of well-meaning Catholics.
So, good on you.