Really, it boggles my mind that anything can be said to be the “first time in 600 years.” The continuity of Catholic history is so much larger than even our own American culture. (Anyone ever watch Eddie Izzard’s standup? “I’m from Europe, where history comes from.”)
It may be easy to watch in curiosity at this turn of events, or let it pass by unnoticed. Some people like to take another opportunity to mock the Pope and the Catholic church.
But I think Benedict has actually done a great thing by resigning. I think it will actually be his greatest legacy.
This is why, for one of the first times in my life, I’m cheering for a quitter.