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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on February 26, 2013.

eNewsletter Subject: The End of a Pontificate

As speculation continues unabated over the reasons behind Pope Benedict's resignation, the latest theories suggest the Pope has been essentially forced to resign by obstruction within the Curia. Poppycock. See my last On the Culture entry: Benedict's Resignation: The Prisoner of the Vatican Thesis.

The Pope has, however, issued new regulations for the conclave, which will make it possible for the conclave to begin earlier. Here is his motu proprio concerning the conclave: De aliquibus mutationibus in normis de electione Romani Ponteficis.

After his resignation, Pope Benedict will be referred to as “Pope Emeritus”: A new title for Benedict XVI, and other details.

Here is the Pope's final Sunday Angeles Message. He will have one more general audience tomorrow, and probably final words to the crowd at Castel Gandolfo shortly before his resignation becomes effective at 8:00 pm Roman time on Thursday....

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