My hope is that Benedict's decision becomes a precedent for future popes — that they allow themselves to surrender the papacy to someone else in cases where they may no longer be able to live into the role and its responsibilities. My hope is they take care of themselves rather than trying to be someone they can no longer be, fill a role they can no longer fill. My hope is that Benedict's decision causes a shift in how we perceive and treat clergy. I hope we place stronger emphasis on self-care and wellness, that the health and well-being of any clergy person is given proper attention and valued over bureaucracy, politics, and most importantly, tradition. Times change. Life changes. It's natural.