Kudos to Pope Benedict XVI for showing true grit. There’s no doubt he could have continued on as Pope, even if his health was waning. (After all, the Vatican is filled with experienced aides who can help a Pope govern.)
Although he was ideologically conservative, Pope Benedict XVI may go down in history as, ironically, a liberal: a leader who set aside convention and chose to step down on his own terms.
— Gautam Dutta