The announced resignation of Pope Benedict XVI rocked the Catholic world recently. Stories about his fragile health abound, mingled with comments about his legacy as "the Pope with a blind eye." In the face of an epidemic of sexual abuse by priests and bishops, which he personally helped to cover up, while moving known pedophiles to head other churches with new children to abuse, he has failed to ever admit to personal or Vatican failure.
There is none so blind as those who will not see! The now ex Pope proved that when he said, at a conference in 2005, "There is a strange forgetfulness of God... It seems as if everything would be just the same even without Him." It seems unlikely he was referring to himself and his own actions.
How could that be? Simple. When he says "God" he is referring to a separate entity. He's forgetful all right; he's forgotten what most of us have, that God is not separate from us.
Perhaps that can put the Pope's resignation in a different light, if we have eyes to see it. The leader of the Catholic Church, a man who was not experiencing God integral to himself and all of us, is quitting. There goes the middle-man! Certainly a new Pope will be selected but, until then, let's enjoy the vacuum and celebrate our oneness, regardless of religious affiliation, as members of The Church of One.