posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 10:40 AM
reply to post by cody599
One of the few other popes to have ever resigned left because of the corruption. I have no idea why Benedict is stepping down, though.
Pope Celestine V, in 1294: After only five months in office, the somber Sicilian pope formally decreed that popes now had the right to resign, which
he immediately used. according to a report in the Guardian. He wrote, referring to himself in the third person, that he had resigned out of “the
desire for humility, for a purer life, for a stainless conscience, the deficiencies of his own physical strength, his ignorance, the perverseness of
the people, his longing for the tranquility of his former life.” He became a hermit, but two years later was dragged out of solitude by his
successor, who locked him up in an Italian castle. Celestine died 10 months later.