Tuesday, February 12, 2013
On Monday the Vatican Announced Pope Benedict XVI would resign at the end of the month, here's what locals have to say about the resignation.
After 8 years of service, the Vatican announced early Monday that Pope Benedict XVI would resign at the end of the month. Rev. John J. Paladino, Pastor of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains said this is just a sign of how humble and selfless the Pope is. “He sincerely believes that this is for the good of the Church. In his own words, "I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,"” Paladino stated. “Those are difficult words for anyone to admit.” In a CNN report Benedict, 85, said he is unable to fulfill the ministry due to advanced age. This is the first time a Pope has stepped down in 600 years, according to reports. "Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which …
After almost 8 years as pontiff, Pope Benedict is calling it quits at the end of the month. What do you think about his move? What effect will it have on the Church?
Pope John Paul was a hard act to follow, but his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, has done his best to fill the shoes as head of the Roman Catholic Church. Today the Vatican announced that the 85-year-old pope will be resigning by the end of February because of his inability to fulfill the duties of his office. The pontiff said his strength "has deteriorated" in the last few months, according to a CNN report. It will be the first time in 600 years that a pope has resigned, rather than die, in office. It may also mean huge changes ahead for the Catholic Church. SPEAK OUT: What do you think the Pope's resignation will have on the Church? Is it a good thing, or do you fear what may be coming? Tell us what you think.