Dear Papa Benny,
We’re sad to see you go. You’ve given so much to the Church and to the world and stayed so strong and solid even though the world is going nowhere fast. No matter that you, a scholarly man, were following up an internationally-known personality in a job you never wanted; you stepped up to the plate and kept the Church on the right track.
Thank you for your contributions to scholasticism and theology. Your legacy will last for generations. Thank you for taking care of our Mother Church in stormy seas. And thank you for being brave and knowing when enough is enough and a new man should take over.
I hope you have lots of time to write, and a cat to keep you company.