Pope’s Resignation Stuns, Surprises

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  We aren’t stunned or surprised but we are impressed that Benedict realizes he isn’t up to the task of running a global church with a billion members.    Color us impressed.

Shock and surprise rippled though the Berks County Catholic community Monday in the wake of the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will retire Feb. 28 because of age and infirmities.

He was elected to the papacy in 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II, the Polish pontiff noted for his extensive travel and global outreach.

The 85-year-old Benedict is the first to step down since 1415, when Pope Gregory XII left the papacy amid schism and rancor.

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Vatican Will Allow Anglicans To Join Catholic Church

This has been brewing for a long time.  It will certainly have mixed reviews depending on which side on the fence you are on.  I am sure 815 won’t be pleased.

It is a very pastoral provision for those who can no longer stay but felt they had no place to go.