Pope's Resignation Shocks North Country Catholics
Pope Benedict XVI shocked Roman Catholics in the north country and around the world by saying that he would resign, becoming the first pope to do so in 600 years.
During his tenure, Benedict charted a very conservative course for the church, trying to reawaken Christianity in Europe where it had fallen by the wayside and return the church to its traditional roots, which he felt had been betrayed by an incorrect interpretation of the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
"The difficulties are there, there's no denying it. While the sin is real, I think he is a real prophet of hope. If we remain faithful to our God, our God remains faithful to us," said Bishop Terry LaValley, who Benedict appointed to be the 14th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg three years ago.
There's no obvious successor to Pope Benedict.
Popes are allowed to resign but church law says the decision must be "freely made and properly manifested." Still, only a handful have done it.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, Watertown, NY
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