My office--headquarters of the International Brotherhood of the Profoundly Bewildered--has issued the following statement in response to Benny's abdication: "No comment."
For what comment of any real significance is there to issue? We here at IBPR have never comprehended the metaphysical profundity of some little man dressing up in white robes and a pointy hat and hailing himself (along with one-point-two billion others) as Christ's Vicar, when we don't even know if the divine possessive comprehends it. Or cares. Or exists. Thus the profoundness of this mystical splendor of the Holy See is lethally clouded by even profounder doubts.
IBPR does note Think Progress' gallant effort at mirroring the globe's interest in the comings and goings, as it were, of 2,000-year-old doctrinal prejudice and occasional flickers of secular decency, but its on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand assessment seems to be rather a wash, as one might expect.
Notwithstanding our ritual negativity and naked doubt, we here at IBPR do look forward to another dramatic round of puffy balls of smoke.