So, now that Pope Benedict has resigned and returned to just being plain old Joseph Ratzinger, what of his former Papal Infallibility. He used to have a direct line to God, or so we have been told, on important matters of faith. Has his long-distance account been terminated now? Has told Benny that he no longer has any minutes left on his plan, and changed the access code? Maybe without the papal decoder ring and staff and funny hat he can't receive the proper transmissions any more.
What if the new pope does say things that Benny disagrees with. I know that right now the former Pope Benedict claims that he will be "obedient" to his new successor. But why should he even need to say that unless there is a possibility that they will disagree? Don't they talk to the same God? Oh, right the new pope has the decoder ring now. But don't you think that Pope Benny already downloaded God's answers on all the important issues of the day when he was pope all the way up to yesterday? Are we really to believe that, if the new pope is installed next month, and he then proceeds to abolish some policy that Ratzinger set up, that the Almighty changed his mind?
In short, isn't it time to admit that Popes are nothing but normal men (except in the alleged case of Pope Joan)? Isn't it time to admit that they have no special access to God and that they are anything but infallible?