Paolo Flores d’Arcais is an Italian philosopher, journalist, and the editor of MicroMega.

A Papal Surrender?

 Pope Benedict XVI after his final general audience, St. Peter's Square, February 27, 2013
Ratzinger’s decision to resign has the momentous effect of desacralizing the Papacy, reducing it, in the minds of the faithful, to the office of a great religious leader and nothing more. In short, the Catholic Church now has to contemplate the coexistence of an Emeritus Pope and a Pope-Pope. The new Pope will certainly exercise the full powers of the Papacy (on the assumption that the ex-Pope will truly withdraw to a life of seclusion and prayer), but he will no longer have a divine aura.