I am sad. I am very sad. At 1PM CST, the see of Peter falls vacant. The Swiss Guards will stand down as their sole purpose of protecting the Roman Pontiff will (temporarily) no longer exist. The cardinals will be summoned. And this man, this pope, Benedict XVI will retire. It’s like I’m losing him in some bizarre way. Pray for the pope and pray for the cardinals. Pray also for the universal Church.