http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/26/us-pope-benedict-resignation-idUSBREA1P0KV20140226 OK OK I've posted about this before. Parts of the Catholic priesthood were a pedophile ring. Some were pedophiles, others were enablers and expanded the pedophiles range but sending them on to remote underserved areas after they were exposed. The theory was that priests were valuable- years of training, shrinking priesthood etc. The pedophiles sent to remote areas- the Catholic bishops were accepting them and putting them somewhere where the victims couldn't make a fuss. Anyone who would allow a pedophile to keep on preying on children..well I can't imagine what they were thinking except that pedophilia was acceptable. Benedict was one of the bishops that moved pedophiles instead of punishing them. Obviously he thought a priest more valuable than children and it was alright to allow them to continue. I can't imagine this theory working anywhere other than in a autocratic system. Benedict was the first Pope to resign since the Middle Ages. In all other cases the Popes were forced to resign for political reasons by other powers- kings or the Illuminati- (jk). Popes don't just resign because WTF I'm tired. Official reports on Benedict's resignation are all like the article above which tells us he was not forced out by a conspiracy. Sure. He is implicated in the pedophile ring. The Vatican forced him out.