Taking over the Church when he was close to eighty, Benedict seemed surprised by events and by the controversy his actions could provoke. For seven years, he has been unable to hit the right note. Perhaps, with his resignation, he has finally done so.
Here, Alexander Stille considers the possibility of a new path for the papacy: http://nyr.kr/Z6rRka (Photograph by Franco Origlia/Getty.)
How do you think Benedict XVI’s decision to step down will impact the institution of the Church?