I think it must be a dreadful burden being Pope, after a few months it must become like being a prisoner, this used to be vivid demonstrated by the Papal vestments that were so restrictive that the Pope couldn't even move without a gaggle of monsignorial assistants. When he was dressed up properly it was easier to pop him in a chair and carry him around. It was a ceremonial sign of the nature of the Petrine Office, he can do nothing on his own, he looses his individuality, even his name, which is subsumed into his office. Fr Hunwicke, as usual, makes a good point about that today.
People talk about Pope Benedict's resignation and invent various intriguing theories, mine is simply the Papacy ended because no-one could trust any form of communication with the Pope that wasn't personal and face to face, letters, emails, even telephone calls could be leaked or stolen. Francis' move from the Apostolic Palace to Sta Martha, might well have been as he says for his own 'psychological needs' but it was necessary because it was impossible for anyone to get to Pope Benedict without the entire Papal Court knowing about it. No-one could drop in for a quiet chat. In a sense the Benedictine Papacy died of suffocation, anything important like Summorum Pontificum or the setting up of Ordinariate had to be a cloak and dagger operation,
I think that one of the worries about the Synod on Francis' part must be that it those Cardinals and Bishops coming together are certainly looking at marriage and the family but also how whatever Francis' summary of it, in whatever form that takes will be received by bishops at home, and the Curia in Rome. These after all are the people who will or will not implement it. The other serious concern that Francis has is that any gathering of Cardinals, especially over an extended period becomes a Pre-Conclave meeting, in which not only Francis' running of the Church will be judged but also who his successor could be. That is the one who will ensure that his Magisterium is either exalted and continued, or quietly consigned to the compost heap of history,
After Benedict's resignation any Pope should be vary of who might work for his resignation, or to move him into a position where he is impotent and can be checkmated. In many ways the Pope ends up by being played, yes by those leprous courtiers, rather than being a player. Though the most important piece on the board, without others he is impotent he simply has very few spaces to go, unless of course he decides to not play by the rules.