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Pope Benedict XVI Loved the Church Enough to Make a Difficult and Painful Decision

Vinzenzo Pinto This file picture taken on January 6, 2013 shows Pope Benedict XVI blessing faithful at the end of the Epiphany mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2013 announced he will resign on February 28, a Vatican spokesman told AFP.

COMMENTARY: A deeper examination of Benedict’s reasons to resign can help us to see why it was courageous, not cowardly.