Since Benedict XVI resigned and Francis became pope I have suspected that there was more to the resignation than meets the eye. I agreed with Benedict’s decision to resign; however, I understood that there was a critical strategic advantage in doing so.
When people look at the papacy and the Church I believe they severely underestimate our ability to think strategically and decisively. Granted, many Church officials refuse to see the battle that has been raging between man and the demons for thousands of years. However, the hierarchy of the Church is not ignorant to the obvious truth that we are in a state of war.
When Benedict stepped down and was replaced by Francis I had a slight suspicion that the whole process was for a reason. Once I found out that Benedict and Francis met regularly and neither were living within the actual Vatican but outside the papal apartments I knew something was definitely going on.
Here are my observation and when possible I have linked an appropriate news story:
- Benedict resigned due to health and stress related to the job and office.
- This resignation allowed him to be present when the next pope was in office.
- Being alive while the next papacy functioned allowed him to advise and dispense critical knowledge known only by him to the new pontiff.
- His retirement home was extensively renovated.newsfeed.time.com/2013/02/13/the-popes-new-pad-where-benedict-xvi-will-live-after-he-steps-down/ Which could also be a cover for getting rid of bugging devices
- Francis did not move into the papal apartments but rather a smaller guesthouse. This would be far easier to secure and de-bug.
- Benedict and Francis meet regularly and privately consult with each other.
The saying that two head are better than one definitely applies to this case. There is no doubt in my mind that the resignation was a way to have a stronger Church. There’s still only one pope; however, having a pope emeritus gives the new pontiff critical advantages. It is quite true that Benedict is Pope Francis’ secret weapon.