Harrisburg's Catholic bishop weighs in on Pope Benedict's resignation

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Feb 11, 2013 3:03 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Many midstate Roman Catholics are wondering where the Church is headed now that Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation.


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Bishop Joseph McFadden of the Diocese of Harrisburg says the pontiff's decision may pave the way for more diversity in the papacy. "I think if it's going to be a man from Africa or from Asia, you know, I think that that will be a good thing because it will demonstrate the universality of the Church."

Pope Benedict the XVI is only the eighth German pope and the first to resign since 1415.

McFadden says the 85-year-old Pope's difficult decision to step down, stemming from his advanced age and depleting strength, shows his strong commitment to the Church.

He adds the College of Cardinals, who are expected to vote for a new leader next month, could decide to elect a significantly younger pope.

McFadden will join Radio Smart Talk tomorrow at 9am to talk more about Pope Benedict's announcement and the search for a new pontiff.


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