Atlanta Archbishop Response to Pope Benedict XVI Resignation

WDG PBHis 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.”

From his statement (PDF):

“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.


  1. Ed says:

    FWIW, When it is all said and done, I will probably rank Pope Benedict 93rd in my ranking of Popes (in between Sixtus IV and Adeodatus II).

  2. Ed says:

    Also, had to copy the press release (AHEM) so I’ll explain the Ad Limina is the quintennial (or so) visit a bishop makes to the Pope to update HH on the affairs of the diocese.

  3. For those that may be interested in Papal history, my cousin is a Professor of Catholic history and an author (The Great Catholic Reformers). He posted the following on Facebook:

    There are conflicting reports in the news about how long it has been since a pope resigned. This is because there were resignations at the Council of Constance in 1415, which resolved the Great Schism. The Great Schism refers to a period of time from 1378-1409 when there were two popes and from 1409-1415 when there were three popes. The Council of Constance deposed those popes, who resigned under duress. However, the only pope to voluntarily resign was Celestine V, which set the stage for the disasterous papacy of Boniface VIII. Celestine resigned in 1294. Though Celestine was personally holy, Dante put him in Hell for resigning. There was a belief that his resignation brought divine punishment upon the Catholic Church, because Boniface’s papacy led to the Avignon Papacy, also known as the Babylonian Captivity. The Avignon Papacy led, in turn, to the aforementioned Great Schism.

  4. Mrs. Adam Kornstein says:

    The whole story will come out in a Dan Brown novel that gets published in 2066.

    He’ll have been forced to hold publication till all current participants are dead.

    Pope resigns/retires..file under things I couldn’t give a rats ass about.

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