When we start a career, we know it will most likely be a long term commitment. However, we reserve the right to leave or resign from that job if we no longer feel a connection with it, or have the opportunity to move on to something more fitting.
Most people would not look down upon this action, in fact, most would respect the decision to step aside and let the job be better handled by someone else.
This is what Pope Benedict the 16thannounced he would be doing on Feb. 28 of 2013 due to his age and increasing fatigue.
That is when the controversy started taking place. Many people from all over the globe feel as though his resignation is causing instability in the Catholic Church. It is thought by many devout Catholics that once you have taken on a position that requires such spirituality and leadership, you must dedicate yourself to it entirely, through thick and thin. Through sickness, old age and even death.
Can you imagine having your current job until DEATH? Granted, the Pope is a really honorable job and he most likely knew that death was viewed as the only noble form of escape.
But everyone has a breaking point, even the Pope.
He is only human, and it isn’t like he is the only person who has ever bowed out of a high profile career. I mean, look at actor Joaquin Phoenix; he had a promising career after Gladiator and Walk the Line and then decided to grow a beard and call it a day.
Again, it may be farfetched to compare an actor to the leader of the Catholic faith, but Pope Benedict the 16this not even the first Pope to step down. Pope Gregory the 12th bowed out in 1415 during a leadership crisis, knowing that someone else would be more equipped to handle the situation.
Now THAT could be considered noble. Aren’t we taught that if we are struggling with something we stop and ask for help? Better to get assistance than to screw it up even more. Or if we cannot do a certain task properly, no matter how many times we may try, to scoot out of the way and let someone who feels more confident handle it?
Pope Benedict the 16this almost 86 years old. At that age, most do not even contemplate work. Most people are living life on Easy Street, watching reruns of The Price is Right and hanging out with their cats and grandchildren, saying and eating whatever their slowly-beating hearts desire.
So why should anyone have the right to judge the Pope on why he wants to step down? Although rare, there is no law against it and it’s doubtful he made this choice hastily.
So let him resign. He deserves it.