I really get and accept Pope Benedict XVI's decision. He is getting old (He'll be 86 in April). It is reasonable to understand that he may very well be exhausted and not up to the huge demands of the job. While modern medicine may help us to live longer, sometimes it only allows us to linger on ... not exactly restored to new.
It has been reported that the Pope plans to live the rest of his life somewhat hidden ... in a monastery ... studying and praying. Perhaps his time of quiet prayer combined with a healthier Pope will bring a unique brilliance to the Church. I believe that his acceptance of his limitations is noble and fair.
Today's Catholic - February, 2013