Peggy Noonan writes about the shock of learning the Pope will resign. I’ve been mulling it over the past few days. With deep gratitude to Pope Benedict and with recognition of his humility and that he probably knows better than I do about what’s best for the Church (he is the Pope after all) — still, I don’t like it. I’ve been trying to figure out why. And I think it is this: The Pope is not just a leader of a religious organization, he’s our father. I don’t want our father to resign from that position. It feels like abandonment.
Not saying I’m right, mind you. Just naming what I suspect a lot of us feel about why this feels shocking. God bless him.