This week we have all (well most of us) been surprised by the Pope’s resignation, or was it an abdication?
I have to confess some uncertainty over the correct term for it. As it has been some centuries since the last time a Pope said “ok count me out folks”, I suppose a level of confusion is to be expected.
The usual question when a high-profile position is vacated is relevant here. Did he jump or was he pushed?
As, to me, this had always seemed the “job for life” situation, the option to opt out had never occurred to me as possible for these men. I must admit I had occasionally spared a thought as to what the high-ups there would do / would have done when one of the popes goes off his rocker. Can it be hidden? Does someone slip “a little something” in his bed-time milk?
King George III of England went potty. Some nasty condition called porphyria. Poor chap wasn’t to blame, it is genetic, not caused by something he did. They didn’t retire him, nor apparently did they do the dirty and bump him off. But by then the King wasn’t doing the daily job of running the country in detail, so it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen to the country, devastating as it was to his family.
So just how important is the role at the head of an organization? Does it matter if they are sick, tired or crazy? I guess in some cases it is vital.
Or are the big conspiracy theorists correct, that there is a little group running the world, getting every president / prime minister / monarch to line up with what they want?
If so, do they have a leader, and what if that leader goes crazy?
Or maybe that is what is wrong already?