For anyone that thinks there is no conspiracy connected with the Pope stepping down is fooling themselves,
It's a lifetime job, I can think of only 5 scenarios in which the Pope would step down;
1. He's in Ill health, sick, old, and feels because he cannot travel far or appear before people a few times a year that he isn't fit for the
Translation: Sin of Vanity. More evidence of this may be the $10,000.00 bottle of Pope perfume designed and commissioned by the Pope.
All previous Pope's knew the position could be filled even when deathly ill and bedridden, this Pope must be vain if he thinks poor health is a
legitimate excuse because all previous Pope's never used ill-health as an excuse, they knew their bedridden death sentence did not take away their
'keys' of the Church, therefore their existence still filled the role even if they could not appear before the people they could still fill the role
of the Papacy.
2. He is being bribed/pushed aside/threatened by the secret corrupt controllers of the Vatican.
3. He is being threatened by the devil himself.
4. He wants to choose the next Pope (through influence) either for righteous or unrighteous purposes.
5. He sinned a great sin and feels self-conscious about it.
These are the only 5 scenarios I can think of, I think one or a combination of a few of these is the real reason, but if it's simply his health he
has apparently never watched the movie Pope Joan, the movie about the female Pope, don't know if that story is bogus or not but what is not bogus is
John Goodman's character, as an ill-health Pope, lived out his term bedridden and sick to the death like it should be (even though Goodman's
character participated in sins he still lived out his Papal term for life), I think that movie was anti-Catholic which is why they embellished the
negative aspects of a Pope but one message from that movie rings clear, you are Pope til death. If anyone else has any further reasons feel free to
add, I would say the Vatileaks thing likely was not a reason, the Pope already forgave that guy that leaked the Vatican documents, and from what I've
read, they are not that revealing, more like boring political documents that are only interesting to someone who is already anti-Catholic.
No huge scandal was exposed in those docs that I have been able to find.