Typically it IS a lifetime gig because when a Pope is elected he's already long of tooth.I wonder why the Pope is bailing. I thought that was a lifetime gig.
At 79 in 2005, Benedict XVI was the oldest pope ever elected.
But I have to hand it to Popa Benny, it takes a great deal of humility to step down from a position like that and admit you aren't a able to run the race like it needs to be run.
You gotta think highly of the guy.
But don't worry, The Catholic Church won't miss a step in helping humanity and we will have a new Pope by Easter.
We've been doing this for thousands of years.
Look for the white puff of smoke from St.Peters,....there's yer sign.