He pleaded inability to carry out duties. We have all known popes to linger on till the end, often doing nothing more than dozing on their papal seats till they pass away. Pope Benedict’s decision step down, therefore, came as a shock to many.
Another news, and not that much of a shocker was for him to live in the Vatican after he resigns. However what is of importance in this decision is the fact that doing so will provide him not only security and privacy but legal protection from any attempt of prosecution in sexual abuse cases!
Another consideration was that if the pope did move permanently to another country, living in seclusion in a monastery in his native Germany, for example, the location might become a place of pilgrimage.
There is a lot of mystery behind his resignation and this recent development has only added to the speculations!
Now what has he got to hide? A lot we say, and what is needed is an investigation and a stop to the sexual abuses and atrocities happening in churches across the world, not immunities and hence restriction in any positive developments!