Professor Thomas Groome http://wamc.org en As Pope Benedict XVI Resigns, Professor Says Church Faces Challenges http://wamc.org/post/pope-benedict-xvi-resigns-professor-says-church-faces-challenges <p>Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning that he would resign February 28. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, citing his failing health.</p><p>As to whether the announcement really did come as a surprise...</p><p>That is Thomas Groome, Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College.</p><p>Dennis Poust agrees.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:14:29 +0000 Allison Dunne 57586 at http://wamc.org As Pope Benedict XVI Resigns, Professor Says Church Faces Challenges