BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One billion Catholics are shocked by the departure of Pope Benedict XVI. The 85-year-old pontiff says he doesn’t have the energy to continue.
Kai Jackson has the impact on the Catholic Church and its members here in Maryland.
News that Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation stunned Catholics worldwide, yet no group appears to have been more surprised than the cardinals the pope first told.
“It’s like watching your own dad get old and admit that he’s not up to all the duties that being head of the family involves,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
The pontiff says he’ll step down at the end of the month. He told cardinals that he no longer has the strength to do the job.
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