Chicago Catholics weigh in on pope’s resignation

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Chicago area Catholics who spoke to WGN-TV believe that Pope Benedict XVI is doing the responsible thing in stepping down.

“He’s a very intellectual and brilliant man and he knows his limitations and he knows the church needs someone who is physically capable of handling that,” said Melissa Pietraazak.

Others are saddened by Pope Benedict’s decision to step down, but say they understand and believe he must have good reasons for doing so.

“If the pope decides he needs to retire and he can no longer do his job, I have no problem with that,” said Bernie VanEtten.

During mass Thursday at Holy Name Cathedral, there was an offering of prayers for Pope Benedict.

“He’s had a lot of challenges that he’s had to deal with, I wish him well and hope that he gets a little rest. I have full faith they will find someone wonderful to replace him,” Pietraazak said.

Among the wishes for the next pope: someone “younger,” maybe “someone from the Philippines,” joked parishioner Cara Roque.

“Somebody who definitely knows how to reach out more,” offered Ruben David.

“Wiser,” suggested Jacqui Bass, “that’s what’s we’re looking for; wisdom, innate heavenly wisdom.”

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