Pope resigns || The arch-conservative Pope Benedict XVI bore the sins of his predecessor
While Benedict is no stranger to criticism for a long list of real and imagined failings, nearly all of them originated with his popular predecessor, the media superstar John Paul II.
Pope Benedict XVI may have been the 265th Vicar of Rome but only three of his predecessors have ever resigned during their tenure (the last being Gregory XII in 1415) and none of them due to ill health. The fact that all previous pontiffs preferred to cling on to their infallibility through sickness and frailty, until their dying breath, says something about Joseph Ratzinger's integrity that no other...
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