Charlottetown bishop praises Pope over decision to resign

Jim Day
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Charlottetown Bishop Richard Grecco lauds Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign:  an announcement made Monday that took Grecco and millions of others by surprise.

“I caught it on the news on TV this morning and I thought it must be a rumour,’’ Grecco told The Guardian.

“I was really surprised like everybody else.’’

Grecco believes the Pope did “a lot of soul searching’’ about his state of mind and health in reaching the decision to step down on Feb. 28.

“I really admire that,’’ he said.

“That is a conscientious decision.’’


The 85-year-old Pope blamed his age for preventing him from continuing at the head of the papacy, making him the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to resign.

"I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,'' said the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Grecco met the Pope about six years ago. He had also met him on previous occasions when the man was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

The bishop’s personal impressions of the outgoing Pope are of a very gentle man who is extremely kind and very pastoral.

“Very concerned about the care of people, particularly the poor and the disadvantaged,’’ said Grecco.

The bishop found difficulty assessing the legacy of the Pope considering his short term of just under eight years that is a mere fraction of his predecessor, the long-reigning and popular John Paul II.

Still, Grecco says he is in “awe’’ with the amount of work achieved by a Pope who was elected at the age of 78.

“I tell you he has written three outstanding, wonderful books that show keen insight about human development in light of the gospel and our journey to God,’’ he said.

He also believes the Pope was successful in correcting a host of public relations problems that got him into hot water with Muslims, Jews, gays, native Indians, Poles, AIDS activists and even scientists.

Grecco is not anticipating any drastic change in philosophy with the successor of Benedict, who as Pope rejected the ordination of women and marriage for priests and also opposed homosexuality and communism.

“Well the next little while we will get swept up in the speculation wondering what that cardinal will be like (as Pope) and what that cardinal will be like,’’ he added.

“We need a man with a kind touch and a brilliant mind.’’



Organizations: The Guardian

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • catholic
    February 12, 2013 - 15:02

    please -- do not paint every member of the clergy with the same brush -- imagine if people did that to you --you could be labelled a killer , traitor, molestor .rapist etcetcetc --whatever the accuser could bring up from your and your relatives' or acquaintances' pasts The Pope is 85 -- he wants to or has retire -- most people do that much younger -- your comments in some cases are amazing ---no matter who it is PLEASE DO NOT "kick 'em when they're down"

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      February 12, 2013 - 16:47

      I believe in the Holy Catholic Church as stated in the Bible, not the ROMAN Catholic Church. Grow up. Read and understand. You can call me whatever you wish to call me. Let us talk about their present and not their past. The church still hides things from its practitioners, just try to to get free access to their libraries. While many Christians remain to be fooled by the Deceiver, Roman Catholics are at the top of the deceived list. The Vatican Bank is still laundering drug money and financing wars, etc. to this day. They are still covering up the child abuse and sex scandals, etc. etc. etc. Remember, you are member of Christ's Church first, and you owe your loyalty and love to Jesusa Christ, not the POPE. The Papacy is a very pwerful entity and where ever you find power, you will find corruption, with only one exception, Jesus Christ. Get on your knees.and pray that God will reveal the truth to you. I am praying for the well being of all ROMAN Catholics. Thank you for your prayers as I am assuming you are praying for all sinners such as I.

  • Joe Citizen
    February 11, 2013 - 17:34

    Joe Citizen agrees with Bill Kays.

  • scandal in, scandal out
    February 11, 2013 - 16:50

    Someday these skydaddy believers and their little anti-abortion, women-suppressing, pedophile-little-boy-abusing, criminal-cover-up, undemocratic ways will go by the wayside. This cult called the Roman Catholic Church has had its day in the sun, just like Scientology and Jim Jones, Zionism, Islam and all the other so-called religions of this planet. We are nothing but apes and Joseph Ratzinger is just one of 8 billion. He is nothing special.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 11, 2013 - 16:39

    Awe, I struck a nerve. Right on. The truth is the truth, go and investigate for yourself. Yes they are more corrupt than our Legislature. Just google corruption Vatican and read to your hearts content. The ROMAN Catholic Church is corrupt on the highest levels. That does not mean that all ROMAN Catholics are bad, quite the contrary. They have just had the wool pulled over their eyes by one of the biggest wolves in pack. Yes, parishioners love Jesus just like all the rest of us Christians, but the ROMAN Catholic Church as well as some other Christian sects tried to keep the Holy Bible to themselves because we poor parishioners could not hope to understand scripture. On top of that they sought to control every aspect of our lives through fear, guilt, etc., etc. I make no pretense that the ROMAN Catholic Church is a corrupt organization. From laundering drug money to financing wars and many other illegal and immoral operations on the plane.t

  • Roman Catholic
    February 11, 2013 - 15:52

    The next Pope has to one for change. The Catholic chirches are sprace with young people. Women who are qualified should be able to be ordained. There is a real shortage of Priests. The past scandals should never have been hidden. This cost millions of dollars with lawyers and all we were left with was numerous victims who will suffer the rest of their lives excluding the poor souls who have passed. Eeery priest, cardinal, Bishpo or whjatever who was part of any ot this or more so covered it up should be invesigated, charged if eveidence supports a charge and fired out of the Catholic church. Only than will things someday change. Maybe.

  • St. Judas
    February 11, 2013 - 13:33

    “We need a man with a kind touch and a brilliant mind.’’ So in this case I guess the next Pope won't be from PEI.......

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 11, 2013 - 13:27

    Again this is crap. The reason for resigning is not his health. Over 600 years and not a single Pope resigned due to health reaasons. Where is the scandal? Will it ever get to see the light of day? If I was a ROMAN Catholic I would be very angry with all my previous POPES. THe sex scandals etc. was all very bad, but that stuff is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the ROMAN Catholic Church, the Vatican and the Vatican Bank. Hippocrates all, they should be ashamed of the very hierachical structure of the organization. Another pyramid power construct where all power gets increased as one approaches the top. It was a perfect formula for deception and secrecy, and that is how the corruption started. All you have to do is examine the evidence to prove to yourself that this organization is evil. What about these Knights of Malta of which this Pope was a member? They were hand picked from the elite of nobility back when the Order started. The Vatican is the most corrupt place on the planet.

    • WRONG
      February 11, 2013 - 14:11

      BILL KAYS You, sir, are wrong! In this case you do not know what you are saying, or what, or of Whom you are talking! One day you will know the TRUTH. And legions of the misguided along with you will know the TRUTH. Blessings on you Bill, and healing, my fervent wish for you.

    • hyperbole Bill
      February 11, 2013 - 15:33

      "The Vatican is the most corrupt place on the planet." Ge-whiz Bill, when's the last time you were in our Legislature? And for that matter, I sure didn't see any fumata bianca puffin' out of Province House when Slicky Boy Myers was appointed the chosen one. Naw, most literate people don't really believe that the Vatican has relevancy, but there are many among us that still think those we elected represent our interests. Really, which is the sadder illusion?

    • HYPERBOLE BILL I was Wrong
      February 11, 2013 - 16:12

      Life confuses me Bill - I must apologetic. After I called you HYPERBOLE BILL it appears that WRONG wrote a comment that clearly makes you right.

  • Pope Henry
    February 11, 2013 - 13:25

    Well I guess that leaves you out of the running Cagey...LOL

    • Reader
      February 12, 2013 - 06:15

      Will someone please shed some light on this Bill Kays seems that all his comments on anything and everything are harsh and crytical to the extreme. I suspect he is either suffering from a form of emotional illness which goes untreated...or he is just a great big wind bag. And people please don't believe everything you read on the internet; that is like googling something then going to your doctor and telling her what is wrong with you and how it should be treated....