Benedict XVI's resignation may have been the first papal resignation in hundreds of years, but it didn't come completely out of the blue.
He'd already indicated that he had been thinking about the subject of resignation.
What is less well known is that other recent popes had been thinking about it, too.
A lot of recent popes.
Here's the story . . .
An Increasingly Heavy Cross
For some time, I had been aware that several recent popes, including Pius XII, Paul VI, and John Paul II had thought about resignation--or even made contingency plans for it.