I'm sure that Benedict's health was a factor in his decision. However, I'm going to guess that he thought he might be better able to influence the choice of a successor alive than dead -- and, thereby, keep the church from becoming "relevant," i.e., anything other than conservative.
this also could be a rumor or could be fact
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Nice to see our local conspiracy theorist are all on this like the national ones are:
Vatileaks to the Knights Templar: the Speculation, Gossip and Conspiracy About Pope Benedict's Abdication
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Fox News said that the pope is retiring to accept an assistant coach position at penn state.