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Mississippi Catholics React to the Resignation of Pope Benedict the Sixteenth

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 11 Feb 2013 07:13pm | comments
Noon Mass at Saint Peter Cathedral in Jackson. Monday, February 11, 2013

Mississippi Catholics are among Catholics around the world expressing surprise at Pope Benedict the sixteenth’s  decision to resign his duties by the end of the month. MPB's Lawayne Childrey has more.

Following  a noonday Mass at Saint Peters Cathedral in Jackson Monday Bishop Joseph Latino said he believes  the  resignation of 85 year old Pope Benedict the sixteenth serves in the best interest of the church.    

"The role of the holy father is to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ throughout the world. But I think being the intellectual man that he is and being a man whose wisdom has not waned. I think he figured that it was better for the church that someone with better physical conditions would succeed him."

Bishop Latino leads the Dioceses of Jackson which has nearly 50 thousand parishioners. One of them is Barbara Tynes, a lifelong member of the Catholic church.

"He was 78 when they first elected him to be the Pope and at 78 you didn't figure that  he had too much physical ability left. And he gave it his all and he had worked behind the scenes for decades prior to becoming a Pope so he has earned the right to kick it down a notch."

7 years ago Dennis Mathias of Brandon converted to Catholicism. He also agrees that now is the right time for the Popes resignation but for different reasons.

"It's so much stuff going on that I guess maybe it's just a burden on his head. Which the all the priest and sexual harassments and all the money they had to pay out for their problems and stuff like that."

Now that Pope Benedict the sixteenth is leaving his post Joe Martin, Chairman of the Biblical Studies Department at Belhaven University in Jackson is looking forward to seeing what kind of leader will replace the ailing Pope.

" Pope Benedict the sixteenth has taken a position that the church has adopted in past years so he's been a maintainer of Christian tradition  for instance on the question of traditional marriage that that's what the bible teaches and the church has understood those positions that way for a long time."

An estimated 120 thousand Catholics makeup the two Dioceses of Mississippi.  Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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Noon Mass at Saint Peter Cathedral in Jackson. Monday, February 11, 2013


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