Posted by: vftmom247 | 2013/02/12

Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement


One thing that keeps flicking through my mind with the announcement of Pope Benedict’s retirement is “What a German thing to do!”.

Keep in mind that I have been around Germans in America since 1986. Keep in mind that I have been living in Germany for almost a year. One thing I have come to know is that Germans are so pragmatic. If something is not working, they will fix it. If someone is not doing something correctly, in their eyes, they will say something about it in clear, succinct wording! And, if a German can no longer do something in the right way, the way it should be done, he or she will no longer do it.

So, if Pope Benedict prayerfully assessed his ability to be the Pope, and decided that he no longer had the physical or mental capability to perform the position’s duties in the proper way…well, of course, he would have to retire. What else is a good German to do? I mean, it is no easy thing to be Pope!

He has been looking increasingly frail. I have been a little worried about him sometimes. So, this retirement of this wonderful Pope is not totally shocking to me. A bit surprising, yes. But what’s a good German to do, after all? Either do the job right, or don’t do it at all. Richtig, Papst Benedikt? Vielen Dank!



  1. Reblogged this on The Taylor Family Deutschland Mission.

  2. He’s a wonderful pope and I hope the next one will be just as good as what he did..

    • That’s what we’re praying for!

  3. Ha ha! So true! I hadn’t thought about it that way before. It will be interesting to see what cultural traits the next pope brings with him…

    • We’ll e following the conclave with interest.

  4. Thanx so much for this perspective that unpacks Pope Benedict’s decision in a whole new light. I’ve shared it several times since The Big Announcement… I respect Pope Benedict even more now & thank God for his humility & faith – what a testimony! He will be missed…

    grace, peace & humble Popes – Virginia : )

    • Wow, thank you for sharing! And for your comment!


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