The act of a saint Admin Monday, February 18, 2013 The pope’s resignation can only be properly understood as the act of a saint, of a courageous man who knows all that he will have to suffer unjustly in order to do the right thing. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.