As was reported earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI shocked a lot of people with his announcement that he was retiring effective February 28th of this year. He says he’s just too old to fulfill his papal duties. That makes sense to me, but my opinion doesn’t count because I’m not Catholic. I’ve never even been in a Catholic church before.
Today’s announcement has given all those people with Catholic Derangement Syndrome an excuse to come out of the woodwork. During the next few weeks they will get lots of airtime and column space. Billions of pixels will be used in the blogosphere on the topic of papal succession.
This may surprise a few people but the Vatican doesn’t really care what the gang at MSNBC thinks about anything. As a matter of fact, the United States itself has very little influence over the church and its doctrines.
Sometime next month a bunch of old men will select a new Pope. Then that guy will set policy for the church until he dies or resigns.