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Pope Resigns – Was it a good leadership decision?

Pope Resigns

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Pope Resigns

Bucking 700 years of tradition, Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February. He said that he lacked the mental and physical strength to continue to lead the Roman Catholic Church. Some applaud him for his honesty and for making way for new leadership; it takes courage, after all, for a leader to admit he’s not up to the task. Others feel he’s abdicated his responsibility (the lifelong divine role) and that the existence of two Popes (one current and one former) may send confusing messages to the Church’s followers.

During the First Vatican Council in 1870, 433 bishops passed the decree of papal infallibility. This decree states that the pope ”is possessed of that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer wished His Church to be endowed.” If the pope is infallible then this pope (Pope Benedict XVI) must be making the right decision, right?

As a leader, how do you feel about Pope Benedict XVI’s decision?


About the Author

Gary Cohen is a highly-skilled Executive Coach, Leadership Author, Trainer, and International Keynote Speaker. His clients range from entrepreneurial CEOs of the nation’s fastest-growing companies to executives of global 100 companies. He differentiates himself from traditional (psycho/therapeutic) executive coaches by bringing a vast amount of business experience as a former Founder / President of one the Nation’s Fastest growing companies. He is the author of Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions (McGraw Hill). Gary B. Cohen Full Bio

  • Let’s Grow Leaders

    I recently read a great book called, “Leaving on Top” Graceful Exits for Leaders. It dives deep into the decisions of many leaders. It takes courage and humility to admit when its time to step down. I am not Catholic, but I admire his choice as a leader.

    • Gary B Cohen

      Do you think there is something more that is not being discussed in his stepping down? Or is it just age?

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