Feb 11, 2013 10:20 AM by KATC
The Holy Father's resignation came as a surprise, although he has hinted at the
possibility in the past. This act took great courage and I admire him for it. He will be 86
years old in April; he has served the Church well in various offices all of his adult life. It
will be difficult to find a replacement who matches him in learning, insight and wisdom.
His successor will bring his own gifts and talents to the ancient See of Peter, as the
challenge of the implementation of the Decrees of the Second Vatican Council
continues to be the primary agenda of the Church.