Off into the sunset.

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader just watched Benedict XVI fade off into the sunset over Latinum. (Is the provence surrounding Rome still called Latinum or is your Maximum Leader’s love of history playing tricks on his memory?)

Your Maximum Leader watched this spectacle mostly out of curiosity. A Pope resigning (or abdicating as your Maximum Leader thinks it should be) isn’t something that happens every day.

Does your Maximum Leader have any deep thoughts to share with you on this historic event? Sadly no. Benedict could be remembered, in some circles, for his impressive scholarship and writing. (Much of which was done before he was elevated to the Throne.) But if abdication due to failing health becomes the preferred method of leaving the papacy, he will be long remembered for how he proceeds from here on out.

In your Maximum Leader’s humble opinion, the title of “Pope Emeritus” is a little much. Wearing the white cassock also seems a little much. If it was your Maximum Leader’s call, former popes would be referred to as “Father ______” and the former pope in question could choose his papal name or his birth name. So the soon-to-be former pope would be Father Joseph or Father Benedict. Also, he should wear a simple black or brown cassock. Your Maximum Leader (intellectually) understands where they are coming from with the title and the dress; but if you are “retiring” and removing yourself from office and public life; then the most basic trappings of that life probably ought to go as well.

Anyhooo…

Now on to the Conclave and the future.

Carry on.

1 Comment »
Maggie said:

Actually, retiring was a damn good idea organizationally. It was also due to health reasons which are filtering out now that he is out of Vatican City. He is blind in one eye and the other ain’t doing so good. He now walks with a cane. He is at least merciful on himself to stand down. As for the mercifulness he should have shown re: the scandals, he is unquestionably self-incriminated. But at least he has chosen to fade away. The previous prelate should have done the same. At the end, in the increasingly fewer and briefer public sightings of JPII he was so bent over from his disease that he resembled a comma. It is easy to imagine what that kind of thing did to him internally. Ratzi was always his appointed successor, so why did he not retire to a nursing home? Even dying men are subject to ego trips.



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