Local Reaction to News of Pope Stepping Down
February 11, 2013, 10:09 am
In a stunning move that hasn't been seen in nearly 600 years, Pope Benedict XVI announced that his is resigning his post at the end of the month.The 85-year-old German born pontiff says he is no longer physically able to perform his duties. The Vatican says a new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman
Catholics could be elected as soon as Palm Sunday, on March 24 and be
ready to take over by Easter a week later.
Archbishop Alexander Sample who will lead the Portland Catholics starting in April has met Pope Benedict and says there is a sadness, but says he has great respect for him. Sample called Benedict a humble man.
Archbishop George Vlanzy issued the following statement today:
The Holy Father’s announcement of his
resignation of the papacy on February 28, albeit totally unexpected, is
consistent with his understanding and embrace of all ministry in the church as
a service to the church and the world, much like that of the one whose Vicar he
became back on April 19, 2005, Jesus Christ. Pope Benedict, true to his
name, has been a source of so many blessings in his life as priest, bishop and
chief pastor of our Catholic Church.
surely results from the Pope’s personal prayer, great wisdom and genuine love
of the church. The demands of his office have changed greatly during his
lifetime. I must say that I admire him all the more for acknowledging
with humility and trust in divine providence the need he has felt for a change
in the leadership of our worldwide Catholic family. On behalf of
all the Catholics here in western Oregon, I assure our dear Pope of our great
appreciation for his gentle, compassionate and faithful service. I
likewise promise the support of our prayers during this time of transition in
the Holy See and throughout the coming years when he plans to continue his
primary ministry of prayer for all of us. Viva il papa!