Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Pope of Infinite Resignation

The resignation of Benedict XVI this week was interesting for its historical significance. It will become tedious for the ongoing conspiracy claims. And it would have been delightfully brilliant if he'd done it for reasons other than age and infirmity.

Imagine if he'd made the Kierkegaardian move of resigning it through faith, that he'd absurdly given up the thing he most desired because God commanded him to. We could have seen his faith at work when he absurdly was elected back into the pontificate. Or, less glamorously and even more interestingly, if he gave it up by faith to then be given a superior (and non-papal!) ministry.

No wonder Kierkegaard was a Protestant.

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