Anyone else sick and tired of hearing about the Pope?
— Ron Beasley (@ronbeas) February 11, 2013
Well... He's got more followers than Obama and Elvis combined so I'd say it's justified.
Nah, this is interesting even to a non-Catholic, because it may set a precedent for future aging pontiffs. There have been very old Popes before, but old was kind of a relative term. We're in a situation now where modern medicine can keep someone alive for quite some time even if their physical state is very low, and that's a new situation. Benedict's provided a solution, in an "early" retirement, and I suspect there will be a lot of moral pressure on future Popes to retire when they feel their strength waning.The next great question is what happens if a group of Cardinals feel a Pope is too old or too incapable of filling his office, and the incumbent disagrees. That could make some history too.