I watched the Netflix movie The Two Popes recently and, I must say, I was not impressed. Aside from it being unhelpful fiction, a profound spiritual lesson was distorted. Towards the end, Benedict XVI, played by Anthony Hopkins, explains to Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio why he desires to retire. God has abandoned him. Benedict feels nothing in prayer. He asks, he pleads, and "Silence!" is all he receives in return. This abandonment the pope takes as a sign that God no longer is with him and no longer desires him to lead the Church. He must resign.