Rep. Grimm Statement on the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Feb 11, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Rep. Michael Grimm (R,C-NY) issued the following statement on the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28th:

"Like most Catholics throughout the world, I was surprised and saddened to hear the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation. For seven years, he served honorably as our holy pontiff, seeking to reawaken Christianity throughout the world.  

"One sign of a great leader is knowing when to step down. While we are shocked by this news, I commend Pope Benedict for putting the future of the Catholic Church before all else, and today I join Catholics around the world in praying for his health and well-being.

"It is too early to determine the full extent of Pope Benedict’s legacy; however, New Yorkers will never forget the gift he gave us with the elevation of Cardinal Dolan. Cardinal Dolan has lifted the spirits of Catholics and non-Catholics throughout New York and the world, and renewed the faith of many.  If it were up to me to pick the next pope, Cardinal Dolan would have my vote!"