In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement of his resignation, an Illinois Bishop says the next pope should be a “thinker” who can reach out to other religions and non-believers.
Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says Benedict excelled at that.
PAPROCKI “He always cherished that role of being an intellectual and a theologian. And I have a sneaking suspicion that even in retirement he may continue to do that. He loves to write, he loves to play the piano, and he’ll have a lot more time to do both now.”
Paprocki says he’s not surprised Benedict stepped down, given what he calls the pope’s declining health and advanced age. Benedict was 78 when he was elected pope in 2005 … one of the oldest in history.
Paprocki says he expects the next pope will be younger.