This commentary was originally published Feb. 24 in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Since the lava flow of press commentaries about Pope Benedict’s resignation began nearly two weeks ago, dozens of people have asked me why the Holy Father “really” resigned and who the next pope is likely to be.
Given the extraordinary nature of the event, both questions are inevitable. Happily, Benedict’s reasoning has been simple and clear. The Church faces serious challenges worldwide. At 85, his declining health and energy impede his ability to serve the Church as effectively as she needs.
Resignation is an act of unusual humility, as well as careful judgment. These qualities, along with his...READ MORE