I am as surprised as any about the resignation of Pope Benedict but my reaction is not anywhere near being shocked by it. Most things are out of our control in this life yet at the same time all things are in God's control. God saw fit for the Pope to step down. It is the Holy Spirit that protects His Church and though we may not always understand the ways of the Church we know that God is there guiding us.
We are not in control. When we are asked to obey and follow the teachings of the Church there is a certain amount of comfort in this for me. Without the Church we would be left to believe and make decisions in areas where most of us would not have a clue as to where to begin. No? How many of us by this time would have already followed the world if the Church had not taught us about the evils accepted by the world such as abortion, homosexual acts, euthanasia, marriage et cetera? In these cases, the world seems to have the upper hand but it doesn't. The Truth always wins out.
Many are dismayed by the Popes resignation. Don't be. We are not in control of God's plan and I know with an increasing comfort that God knows what He's doing and He's doing it for the love of His Church. There is no fear to be had today but comfort,. at least for me because my Father is in control of the Church..