Pope vs. Jobs: The Resignation-Off of the Century

In the latest high-profile resignation to send the technosphere reeling, popular Twitter user and leader of the Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI said Monday that he would resign from the Vatican’s top slot.

Obviously, upon hearing the news it would be physically impossible to avoid drawing parallels to the last abdication of power by a revered, somewhat controversial religious leader with millions of devoted followers: Steve Jobs. Here’s how the two resignations stack up.

  • Pope Benedict
  • Steve Jobs
  • Reason for resignation
  • Ailing health
  • Ailing health
  • Delivered resignation via
  • In-person address to assembled Cardinals of Rome, in Latin
  • Email
  • Twitter followers
  • 1.5 million
  • 0
  • Distinct outfits
  • 3 (choir, ordinary, vestments)
  • 1
  • Controversially, was opposed to
  • Condoms
  • 7-inch tablets
  • Fallible, in eyes of most devoted followers?
  • Maybe
  • No
  • Successor announced by
  • Plume of white smoke
  • Press release
  • Successor appointed by
  • Conclave, a secret, mysterious gathering of some of the world's most powerful men
  • The Apple board, which is approximately the same thing plus Al Gore
  • Potential pitfalls
  • Successor may have different beliefs than ex-Pope, causing a crisis of papal infallibility and schism in congregation
  • Successor launches Apple Maps, with same results
  • Wait time before official canonization as saint
  • Many decades after death
  • Canonized in 2007 following launch of iPhone

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