Popes aren’t chosen by God tho…they are elected by the Papal Conclave which is a gathering of Cardinals. Generally elected from Cardinals, Bishops or other Priests deemed worthy but technically even a layman could be elected.
These people receive a calling from God and choose to serve in His ministry. Catholicism speaks a lot about Free Will. Just because you receive the calling does not mean you have to undertake it. If the current Pope feels he cannot serve God to his utmost potential for health or any other reason it makes sense for him to resign and let someone who is better fit to serve and lead.
I’m not in any way into Catholicism or anything, but I know being the Pope is a role you choose to undertake. I can’t fault an 85 year old man for being too tired to be such an iconic and tasked figure. If he thinks he’s served well and can leave the position, that’s between him and the God he follows.
Guys, that’s the point. He’s chosen to fulfill the will of God and he decides that he no longer whats to do so, whether incapable or unwilling is not important. The significant event here is that a man, the most important and identifiable living mortal in Christianity, is turning down the job.
What does that say about the importance to commit to God for the rest of us?
I just find it funny that even the Pope gets too old for religious practice.
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