02/20/2013 10:41 am ET

What Hugo Chavez Can Learn From The Pope

One of the reasons that Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was so unexpected was that it is so rare for powerful leaders to step aside because they are not up to the job.

On Monday there was a striking honesty in the Pope's statement, particularly when he said, "in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern…and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me."

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