I hope I am not the only one who had no idea the pope could resign. I honestly thought that once you were pope, you were pope until they pulled you out of the Vatican in a box. Live and learn, I guess.
What do they call the pope when he resigns? Does he become Pope Emeritus, or does he revert back to being a Cardinal. And if he does revert back to being Cardinal, does he get to vote on his successor? On the day he steps down, do they just unceremoniously move him to a back room somewhere in the Vatican to die while they get Pope HQ ready for the replacement? Is it like the Presidency, where on inauguration day the old President is just whisked away out of sight and given a stipend and a little security detail?
And I’m not being facetious. I really have no idea how it works.