When Pope Celestine V quit his job in 1294, his successor locked him in prison and kept him there until he died. Pope
This worries some Catholics who think having two popes in the house will make things a little crowded. Some even fear there is a nefarious scheme at work that will allow Benedict to exert undue influence on his successor. Given the history of intrigue in the Roman Catholic Church, it is not surprising that there might be worries about this unprecedented situation. But really, if Benedict wanted to hang on to power, he had a much easier way to do that: Keep his job. He is keeping his name, the right to be called "his holiness" and his white wardrobe (though not his snazzy red shoes), but power will swiftly pass to the new guy.
Benedict will be just another retiree in
Benedict (or Benny, as the waitress would call him if there were a Rome Denny's with an early bird special) says he will spend his time praying. That seems like the proper thing for an ex-pope to do. Still, we should not blame him if, sooner or later, he's tempted to switch on the TV, push back the lounge chair and watch some football until he nods off like any other normal senior citizen. After all, his work is done.