Benedict XVI to step down Feb. 28 for health reasons; Conclave to follow in Rome.
The Levittown Catholic community along with the rest of the
world awoke Monday morning to the surprising news of Pope Benedict XVI
announcing he would step down at the end of February.
announcement came in Rome from the ailing pontiff, who has been in
deteriorating health, and indicated he is too sick to carry on his duties. It
will be the first
time in 600 years
that a sitting Pope has abdicated the Throne of St. Peter.
Father Christopher Costigan of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church
Levittown said he understands Benedict’s
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“It was surprising and I think it speaks to his humility to
do it unannounced on a Monday morning instead of making a big spectacle,”
"With his age, the job proved to be more difficult now than in the past," he said. “I think now with everything moving so fast, he doesn’t want
to leave the church in a bad position."
Benedict's resignation sets the stage for the conclave, a secret meeting in
Rome of all church Cardinals under 80 years old to decide his successor.
word "conclave" means, literally, "with a key."
Symbolically, the College of Cardinals can not leave the conclave without
deciding on a new leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics.
Costigan said the next Pope should be someone true to the
church and faith.
“Benedict was a teacher pope, someone who taught by
example,” he said. “It should someone to continue to stand up for the church in
Joe Dowd contributed to this report.Please weigh in with your opinions in the comment section.
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