Bishop Smith on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
Commenting on the Pope's life and ministry, Bishop Smith says:
"When he was elected, Benedict XVI introduced himself to the large crowd in St. Peter’s Square as a "humble servant of the Gospel". He was a gentle yet deeply spiritual person, blessed with great intellectual gifts. He has been a true teacher of the faith all his life but especially so during his years as Pope. He has left us a veritable library of teaching that not only proclaimed and explained the faith but also confronted the many issues facing secular society in this era. His was a prophetic voice that will resonate both in the Church and in society for decades to come. He has decided, after much prayer and reflection, to hand the task on to another while he enters into an enclosed monastery to serve the Church, as he said in his final statement in a life dedicated to prayer. I encourage people to accompany Pope Benedict XVI in his prayer for the Church."