His Excellency Wilton Daniel Gregory responded to the resignation of his boss (Pope Benedict XVI) yesterday, saying the news was reflective of the pontiff’s “humility” and adding “he is a man of extraordinary wisdom and deep faith.”
“It has been very good fortune to meet with the Holy Father many times in the past, both when he served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and during his Pontificate. While I was surprised as everyone else to receive the news, I was not surprised that his love for the Church and his own awareness of his age and loss of physical stamina led him to make this decision for the good of the Church that he loves with all of his heart. I was with the Holy Father in May of last year for our Ad Limina visit. His love for the Church was recently confirmed with with the appointment of a second Auxiliary Bishop — Bishop-elect David Talley.