The Pope's Resignation Seemed Bizarre at the Time – and Mow Only More So

Pope Benedict Still

When the resignation of the Pope was announced earlier in the week, the news seemed bizarre, almost unbelievable.

I find, as I get my head around the idea, that the whole thing just becomes more bizarre, not less. If you strongly believe in God, I suppose you can tell yourself that He moves in mysterious ways, as per. But if you don't, then this all seems rather like the moment when the curtain moves back to reveal the Wizard of Oz as a wee man pulling levers. Exposing the Papacy as a job, not a sacrosanct heavenly ambassadorship, is a quite risky thing to do, precisely because it's so human, so humdrum, so non-spiritual. The only logical conclusion is that Joseph Ratzinger no longer believes that he is God's representative on earth. Awkward. The Pope has surely lost his faith.

Powered by article was written by Deborah Orr, for The Guardian on Friday 15th February 2013 22.00 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010