Tuesday, February 12, 2013
God bless Pope Benedict XVI
I was very surprised to hear that Pope Benedict is stepping down. That said, I saw a photo of him taken in the Vatican in November and I was shocked by how frail he looked, so I suspect that it will not be a long retirement.
Many people my age consider themselves to be JPII (Pope John Paul II) Catholics but I"m definitely a Pope Benedict girl! It's his books and biographies that line my bookshelves. He's a man of wisdom, humility, constancy, clarity and has a deep love of the Church.
The timing of the announcement seems good to me. On the one hand it's The Year of Faith, but on the other it gives the Cardinals time to elect a new Pope before World Youth Day in Rio and probably before Easter.
In terms of a successor I think they will choose an American. Where America goes the rest of the West seems to follow. An American Pope would be a real boost to Catholicism in the US. It might be someone who already has a lot of influence there e.g. Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Pope Benedict seems to me to have made a wise and humble decision. His body may be failing but his mind appears to be as sharp as ever.