Okay okay it's the whole Vatican is gay thing. I didn't want to read it either.
But there is something important in the article:
The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair.For those who can't count, that's 4 days before December 21 ("the end of the world.") And figuratively, if nothing else, that would have been the end of the world for the Vatican if these things are true and a big deal is made of it.
Which goes back to the Horn/Putnam book, Petrus Romanus, where 2012 is the focus, not 2013.