Originally Posted by InChiefsHell
Almost 8 years. Which, in Pope years is a lot. John Paul II was there for a very very long time. Most Popes don't last 5 years. The average is 7.2 years per google search, so that's not really that irregular. What's not normal is voluntarily giving up the office.
Yep. It' is unusual, but Pope Benedict did write about it while he was still a Cardinal (can't find the link right now). Pope Benedict was a high respected scholar before he was elected, so I'm sure he knows what he's doing. Word is that he will live out his days in a monastery within Vatican walls. I don't really expect him to live long after he steps down.