Joseph Ratzinger, better known as ex-Pope Benedict, says “God told me” to resign during a “mystical experience.”
According to this report in The Guardian:
Now, after witnessing the “charisma” of his successor, Pope Francis, Benedict said he understood to a greater extent how his stepping aside was the “will of God.”
However, the article also points out some less mystical factors driving his decision:
At the time, a German journalist who had recently met Benedict reported he was going deaf, appeared to be blind in one eye, and was emaciated and “exhausted-looking”.
Speculation also grew that he was depressed after his trusted butler, Paolo Gabriele, was caught leaking his personal correspondence.
Charles Joseph Hynes would do well to consider resigning (or conducting an honest campaign which will have the same effect).
I don’t care if he does it because he has a mystical experience, realizes he is plagued by scandals and leaks, or admits to himself that he is morally blind and deaf because he has willed himself to cut outrageous deals and ignore blatant racketeering inside his office.
Joseph Hynes, it is too late to establish a legacy by getting one or more additional terms in office. Just cut your losses and resign. At this point, nothing will become you, like your departure.