Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

Change is inevitable, but can come as a shock. The pope, a humble and faithful man, has announced that he is stepping down from his position because of ill health. George Weigel offers a little historical perspective in NBC's broadcast. (Cardinal Timothy Dolan is also featured. You might remember that the pope promoted Cardinal Dolan to his position.)

As we wait for a new pope to be announced, let's pray that God will grant wisdom to those who are making the decision.


This is an incredibly difficult situation on which to comment and not sound like a blithering idiot.
On the one hand, Benedict XVI had a hard act to follow. I can't imagine anyone being able to do a better job of following Bl. John Paul II's Papacy, and I will always remember this Pope by the affectionate nickname some of us gave him: our "German Shepherd"!
On the other hand, this poor man has been called every name in the book, and been villified by so many. He was so alert and vital when he was named Pope only 8 short years ago. Only in the last couple of months has he seemed tired and frail. Not that what he's suffered hasn't been enough, but my own personal opinion is that his doctors have pronounced him terminal (I hope I'm wrong), and he wants to see the Church in fresh hands and stabilized while he still has the mental and physical capacity to manage that.
I wish him every personal happiness and all of God's blessings in his retirement.

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