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Monday, February 18, 2013

Did Joe Paterno Affect the Pope's Decision to Retire?

When something hasn't happened for 600 years or so, it will be distinguishable.

The Pope's resignation last week was an event that hadn't taken place in centuries, six of them.

Many believe the Pontiff wanted to make an example out of himself to show other Catholic leaders for the future how they may consider retirement as a better option than trying to lead a church while in old age.

Pope Benedict XVI was not suffering from any health defects that would have prevented him from continuing to lead.  It seems he felt that to manage big responsibilities in a new media world, it would be better to make a decision he feels most confident with while his cognitive abilities are at full strength.

It goes without saying that he knows the child sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church for the last couple of decades was a big part of how and why he made his decision to move on gracefully and with dignity.  The Pope seems aware to the fact that age and ego together are not a good combination to depend on when trying to manage hundreds of other people in the organization.

Who did the Pope learn his lessons from?

The lessons partly must have came to him from seeing what transpired during the reign of Pope John Paul II.  More than likely John Paul II did not purposely allow the sex abuse to get out of hand and to get covered up, but his age, senility and poor health were factors affecting his abilities to oversee others, especially after he was wounded by an attempted assassination.

Pope Benedict XVI probably also learned his lessons from JoePa.  Roughly the same age, the Pope saw what can happen if one goes over his time and stretches his limits to become susceptible to negligent actions.

The Point Lost on Joe Paterno details how things spiraled out of his control as age and ego performed a lethal combo of naivety and gullibility.

It was a big coincidence when the Pope resigned the same day as the Paterno report came out.

Sports and its affects are examples to be learned from by even the most pious of people.  The Pope possibly saw the Penn St. scandal for what it was and saw the similarities between it and the Catholic Church and he did the most righteous and dutiful thing for himself and the future of his Church.

Hopefully, lessons continue to be learned about ensuring a person's strengths are at full capacity when working in such critical environments.

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