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Thumbs up: To Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict, 85, this week became the first Catholic pope in 600 years to resign, citing his failing health. It takes real work to provide leadership to a major world religion, and if Benedict does not feel he can handle the job any longer, making way for someone who can is a fair, sensible course of action. The church is at a critical point in its history, and it needs a strong leader in Rome. Benedict deserves a thumbs-up for having the humility to acknowledge he can no longer be that leader.