Professor Thomas Groome

New York News
1:14 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

As Pope Benedict XVI Resigns, Professor Says Church Faces Challenges

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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.

As to whether the announcement really did come as a surprise...

That is Thomas Groome, Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College.

Dennis Poust agrees.

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