Statement on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
Published on February 11th, 2013
Following is a statement by Catholic Conference Executive Director Richard E. Barnes:
“Today’s announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he is stepping down on February 28 brings feelings of sadness, but also of profound gratitude and respect for a man whose legacy will be as great as he was gentle. Having taken office at the age of 78, and following Blessed Pope John Paul II, many pundits expected him to be simply a ‘caretaker’ pope. Instead, he became a historic figure in his own right through his theological writings; his compassion for suffering people, particularly victims of clergy sexual abuse; his commitment to interfaith dialogue; his embrace of social media; and his tireless continuation of the New Evangelization.
“His recognition of his own limitations is a beautiful example of selflessness and sacrifice on behalf of the Church. We at the New York State Catholic Conference send our prayers for his health, peace and serenity as he embarks on the final chapter of his remarkable life.”