Though technically Catholic, I consider myself "completely inactive"However, Pope Benedict seemed like a geniunely good man.
In the telecast of his celebration of Christmas mass a few weeks ago, he looked
so frail being helped up the stairs to the altar with a man on each arm.
Stepping down now is a good decision for him and the Church.
Yes, he does seem to be a good man. I wish him the very best!
Best wishes to Pope Benedict. He could be an "emeritus Pope" and then
the Church would have his wisdom to call on.
I know that it is a tradition for Catholics to give up something for Lent, but
wow! What a shocker.
He is a good man I wish him well. What does a retired Pope do?
There has to be more to this than meets the eye. Being old and frail is just
part of being in a lifelong office.
We all become old, frail, and unable to serve in ways we once did. A graceful
exit moved by the spirit, after a lifetime of service seems like a good way to
go for both the pope and the church he served.
Wow this may be one of the few times people on the DN comments will actually
agree with Chris B. (The part that "Pope Benedict seemed like a geniunely
good man" not the inactive part). I too agree that he seems like a good
man.Wish the Pope the best and also the Catholic Church in picking a
I have great respect for the Pope and for my Catholic brothers and sisters
throughout the world. This is a very momentous and sacred time for the Catholic
world. You have my best wishes as you await the announcement of your new
I was never Catholic, but I have always respected Popes as good people, servants
of God, and my brothers in Christian fellowship. The Catholic Church is an
important institution in an increasingy secular world and needs strong, inspired
leadership. I will remember Pope Benedict in my prayers, along with those who
will choose his successor. May they have wisdom and be guided by the Spirit to
do what is best for their church.
He will be the first Pope in 600 years to write his own memoires about being a
Pope while he is still living and doing research in Germany.
Though I am LDS, I am also a practicing Catholic, and have appreciated the
Papacy my entire life. I wish Benedict well in his retirement.Some
of us are old enough that we have "joint membership" in both the
Catholic Church and the LDS Church. Back then, you were not required to abandon
your other Church membership to join the LDS Church. Today, it is required, but
that was not the policy for most of LDS Church history.