Today Pope Benedict XVI announced that he is retiring effective February 28. He announced his decision during a meeting of Vatican cardinals. This is what he said, as printed in an Associated Press article:
After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,’ he told the cardinals. ‘I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.’
This is the first time a pope has chosen to retire in nearly 600 years.
What do you think of his decision?