To those of us familiar with history and especially the history of the Roman Catholic church,it is common knowledge that a sitting pontiff doesn't just quit.I mean to say such a phenomenon hasn't occurred in almost 6 hundred years,man!Food for Dante(the poet).A sitting Pope is head of over one billion Roman Catholics worldwide.Just as a point of comparison the Archbishop of Canterbury is head of circa.70 million Anglicans.So you can see the magnitude of the pontiff's constituency.And then the Vatican as a tourist attraction with several top class museums.Read European history and you will see the kind of power a pope wields.
Great masters like Michelangelo and others were commissioned to work for the pope.Just take a look at the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican,where Michelangelo told the creation story.So that when one hears that the Pontiff is stepping down a million alarm bells go off ,all at once.Even though the Pope has cited ill health ,I am of the strong view that the leaking of the Pope's private papers by his personal butler is the single most important reason for this sudden'' resignation'' of arguably one of the most powerful men in the world.
The leaking of the private papers was a very brilliant and devious act and forms part of a masterminding of the changing of the leadership of the church.There are those who were unhappy with Benedict and sought ways to compromise him.His private papers were the key.If you want a peek at the kind of high politics that is played out in the Vatican then you only have to look at ''The Godfather lll'' starring Al Pacino.
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