Across our Facebook pages, Stateliners expressed their feelings of shock to today's news; one fan even admitting that he's never heard of such a thing
".its a surprise certainly but I wouldn't say its a shock .."
Bishop Malloy of the
But what will be Benedict's legacy? Malloy says Catholics should remember the pope as a humanitarian, hanging his hat on two basic principles...truth and charity. Adding that "..Every body learning to speak the truth and practice charity--that one without the other is inadequate."
Malloy asks for patience while a new pope is chosen--and that while this decision can likely take it while, Catholics across the world should, in the mean time "pray for the holy spirits guidance for the for the choice of the successor of peter ..."