"After much reflection and consideration, I feel I must step back from the Papacy to devote my time to a Grail quest. After years of study, it is my firm belief that the Holy Grail resides in Boca Raton, Florida, guarded by a secret society of retired dentists." ~ from the first draft of the resignation speech by Pope Benedict
"You know, I never actually wanted this job. I never expected to be voted in by the College of Cardinals. I thought you hated me. Or maybe that's the reason you voted me in. To punish me." ~ from the fifteenth draft of the resignation speech.
Earlier this month, Pope Benedict (Benny to his friends, and Darth Sidious to his apprentices) announced that he was stepping down from the Papacy. The Roman Catholic Church must now choose a new Pope, in the first situation of its kind in six hundred years, with a Pope still living. Word has it the ex-Pope will be living at a retreat on Vatican grounds, perfecting his golf swing. Maybe yelling at kids to get off his lawn. Or getting to work on building the Death Star.
As you can imagine, the editorial cartoonists of the world have had a field day with the Pope deciding to retire. Here are some of the best. Enjoy!