Mac DefordFebruary 17, 2013 08:51
Commentary: The cardinals who will chose a successor are also not attuned to the modern world.
Pope Benedict XVI leads the Ash Wednesday service at the St. Peter's Basilica on Feb. 13, 2013, in Vatican City, Vatican. Benedict's announcement that he will resign on Feb. 28 took many by surprise, but the focus has since turned to who will be his successor as pope. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict's unexpected decision to retire was one for the history books. The last time a pope had done such a thing was 600 years ago in 1415; the same year, coincidentally, England's Henry V was victorious with his longbows at the battle of Agincourt.