Archbishop and local Catholics react with shock and suprise to resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI shocked catholics in southeast Michigan.

Many people woke up to the news that the worldwide leader of the Roman Catholic Church had made the announcement at the Vatican due to health concerns.

"He has all of that power but he knows he can't minister to us the way he should and he is sacrificing himself for us," said Wendy Agnello. "I don't know that we could ask more from him."

The faithful visit and pray daily at the Solanus Casey Center on Detroit's east side. Today, some people were praying for the Pope.

"It's sad, but if that's his decision, if that's what he feels good doing, it's the right one," said Dorothy LeFave.

Colleen and Matt Narduzzi visited the Center with their three young children. 

"We need to pray for a good and holy successor who will be faithful to the teachings of the church and not compromise," said Colleen. "Especially with the sacraments."

The Archbishop of Detroit, Allen H. Vigneron, offered this statement following Pope Benedict XVI's resignation:

"Like most of my fellow-Catholics I woke this morning to the very surprising news that Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI is resigning his service as the successor of St. Peter. Quickly after the surprise followed sadness, a sense of grief at losing his fatherly care for all us, bishops, clergy, and faithful. We have come to know him very much and will miss him.

Most of us know in our own personal lives what it means to see a parent grow old and decline in ability. That is the sense we bring to this announcement. Our spiritual father has determined, by the best light given to him in prayer, that for the good of us all he must lay down his office.

it was with the support of our daily prayers that Pope Benedict passed his years in the Chair of Peter and has come to this point. I invite all Catholics to pray all the more ardently for the Holy Father Pope Benedict, that God sustain him in these last weeks of his papacy and guide him through what lies ahead. And we look to the future with confidence, that the Lord who has given us this great pope and loving father, will give us a new shepherd of equal merit."

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