I learned about Pope Benedict's decision to renounce his office at around 4:30 in the morning, in a phone call from a friend on the East Coast.
He told me, "Prepare yourself for a shock."
"Okay," I said.
"Pope Benedict has resigned."
It actually wasn't a shock.
I hadn't expected the announcement, but I wasn't very surprised.
I accept and respect his decision, as disappointed as I am.
I'd been picking up on clues that, for Pope...