Originally Posted by Prison Bitch
I don't understand how a resignation would be better for him. I'd imagine it'd be better for him personally if he remained Pope since authorities would probably tend to be less interested in going after a sitting Pope than a retiree.
From what I gather if he gets convicted of something (or loses a settlement decision?) while Pope it possibly opens up the Catholic church to have its assets seized. I don't know if that is true or not, but that's the speculation that I have seen mentioned.