No doubt you'll have heard about Pope Benedict's resignation by the time you read this. I can only hope his actions don't inspire certain others to follow. Specifically Queen Elizabeth. I don't know about you, but I'm not particularly fond of Prince Charles and some of his ideas, so I'm in no hurry to see him on the throne.
The tabloids will no doubt have a field day with this. They'll claim all sorts of evil goings on as the "real" reason Benedict resigned, or start babbling about him making prophecies.
Because of his age Benedict was often suspected of being a transitional Pope, one who was chosen precisely because he wouldn't be Pope long, so younger candidates could strengthen their positions. Maybe we'll see some evidence of this as the process of choosing a new Pope begins.