In recent years, ‘shocking’ news from the Catholic Church has been terrible revelations about the actions of its members. On Monday morning, however, there was news that was just plain unexpected.
Speaking early in the morning before the “Concistory for the canonization of the martyrs of Otranto,” Pope Benedict XVI announced his intentions to resign from the papacy. Elected on April 19, 2005, the German will step down on February 28th. He will be the first pope to willingly give up power since Gregory XII in 1415, who resigned to end the Western Schism, a political disagreement which saw three different men claim they were the true pope.