Posted: Feb 11, 2013 1:12 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Feb 11, 2013 6:41 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- For catholics across the world, today is a historic one. For the first time in 600 years, the pope announced he's resigning.
The last pope to give up the post was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down to end a divide in the catholic church that left it with 3 popes.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Corpus Christi Bishop Michael Mulvey. "I love the man, he's the one who appointed me and made me bishop," Mulvey said this morning. "I've been around the man several times, so on that side, I'm saddened by it, but I also think it's probably a good decision."
Its Bishop Michael Mulvey's job to explain to the more than 390,000 Catholics in Corpus Christi the shocking decision Benedict announced today in Rome.
Pope Benedict said his decision is "a decision of great importance for the life of the church," saying his health is no longer allowing him to serve.
But its certainly one we've never seen in our lifetime.
"This hasn't been done in 600 years," we pointed out to Mulvey. "Exactly," he responded "and it was done for other reasons, but, I think the historical write-ups that i've seen, it's really for the good of the church and that's what motivated Pope Benedict, as well, for the good of the church he felt."
The last pope to resign did so to end fighting among different sectors of the catholic church, known as the Great Western Schism.
Having given up TV for the week leading up to lent, Mulvey heard the news from a fellow priest this morning, just before giving mass. "I first of all thought he was kidding," Mulvey said, "now that I reflect on it a little bit I think that there are things that we need to do as church, relationships between religions, you know the world is in chaos right now."
His advice to other catholics right now is to pray for Pope Benedict XVI. "He is man who has the intelligence of 5 people and the heart of a child 24 and for that I think we should be very grateful to have had that kind of a person lead us for the past 7, 7 plus years," Mulvey said.
The pope's resignation takes effect February 28th.
In March, a conclave will select a new pope. That will include all cardinals under the age of 80.
Electing a pope happens in a secret meeting at the Sistine Chapel.
Mulvey says we may only spend a few weeks with no pope in place.
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