Tell Us: How Will the Pope's Resignation Affect the Church?
Catholics around the world woke up this morning to news that will have taken many by surprise.
Catholics around the world — and at home — awoke to the news this morning that Pope Benedict XVI announced he is stepping down from his role as the spiritual leader of the Catholic church on Feb. 28 due of his health.
That makes him the first pontiff in more than 600 years to resign the post, rather than remaining in the role for his lifetime.
Yet, the pope gave reasons for retiring that many would think that, at age 85, make a lot of sense, including note of his advanced age.
Do you think that Pope Benedict put the needs of the church above his own by resigning at this time? Or do you feel he should have continued his commitment as pope for his lifetime?
What do you think will be this pope's legacy? Do you feel that many American Catholics were touched by his spiritual leadership?
And finally, what would you like to see in a new pope, who reportedly may be named by Easter?
What qualities do you think are important in a pope to lead the world's Catholics in the 21st century?
Tell us in the comments below.