Locals react to the retirement of 'gracious, pastoral' Pope Benedict XVI

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  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Feb. 12, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    Regardless of our personal relationship to the Catholic faith, any time a genuinely good person retires from duty; whether or not we personally feel that they should have - historically or for what ever reason, we celebrate that there are good people in this world who are willing to do good things for how ever long they can. A great many people don't even try. I think the pope did and should be commended for his service; however long or short the tenure.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    I say God speed. Sorry I've fallen away from the faith, but you're a good man Pope.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    I am not Catholic, but I was raised among Catholic's. Historically, there was anti-semitism within the Catholic Church. During World War II, there was some suspicion of complicity with the Germans regarding the Jewish problem. However, recent Popes have corrected this historical mistake and Pope Benedict has been forthcoming in his support for the Jewish nation. For that reason, I feel he deserves gratitude and praise for his moral courage in the face of a world slipping ever further into the depravity and sewage of anti-semitic sentiment.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Feb. 12, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    Not knowing the extent of the Pope's health, I call this a selfless act on his part. For centuries, successive Popes served until death in declining states of body and mind long past their prime. This could be a precedent setting example, not just to future Popes, but to many in other walks who feel obliged to struggle on when time has come to turn the reins over to the next generation.

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Feb. 12, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    According to the Catholic faith, a pope is a successor of Peter the Apostle. It is supposed to be a calling for life, and should never be abandoned no matter what the reason. I can't see the Apostle Peter saying that he was just too tired to do the work so he is resigning. Sorry, but I simply don't agree with this resignation. I believe the last pope to resign did it to prevent a schism within the Catholic Church and did it for the good of the Church as there were two reigning popes. Pope Benedict is needed to lead the Catholic Church, especially now when the Church is under heavy fire from many factions and needs its leader as an example of strength. He should not resign.

  • Albert Maslar CPA (Retired) Absecon, NJ
    Feb. 12, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    Pope Benedict retires, a once in 600 year experience. Hopefully the Holy Spirit will guide the bishops in making the next selection, rather than a political agreement amongst mere men.