It was the first Supreme Pontiff in giving up throne of peter in six centuries, and his life of ostracism was rocked by allegations of pedophilia and sexual abuse by priests of the Catholic Church.
RatzingerWith a conservative look, he opposed the consecration of married priests and was a staunch defender of celibacy. Likewise, he confided to those close to him that he did not feel like the leader of the institution, and after a meager 8 months, he formalized his departure from office, to sink into the background.
After his resignation, he continued to call himself “Roman Pope Emeritus Pontiff Benedict XVI”living in the Vatican and wearing the papal white cassock, which caused talk of “era of two Popes”.
This unexpected exit opened the doors of another unexpected decision, such as the white smoke that, days later, consecrated Jorge bergoglioArchbishop of Buenos Aires, as the new Pope, in this case Francis I.