Conspiracy theories: Pope Benedict XIV's Resignation
#Conspiracy theory 2; his childhood involvement in the Hitler Youth movement. This really isn't anything new either. Pope Benedict XVI had acknowledged his involvement with the Hitler Youth, describing it as a “dark time” in his past. But he defended himself, saying he was forced to join the movement. But some are speculating that there may be some new big revelation about his Nazi past that is too big for the Vatican to handle
#Conspiracy theory 3; the prophetic theory goes that the last Pope to resign in 1415, Gregory XII, did so to prevent a schism in the church over succession. The argument goes that Benedict's resignation may be in response to growing threats of schism in the 21st century Roman Catholic Church over demands that the next Pope should come from a non-European part of the world. Media reports already hint that any move to block the demand may result in a rift. Benedict was elected Pope at a time expectations were high that the next Pope would either be an African, the Cardinal Francis Arinze, or a Cardinal from Latin America.
Remember these are just conspiracy theories.....he could just be too old, in 2005 he was 78 years old, the oldest pope elected since the 18th century!