I’m still a bit stunned by this. A Pope resigning? Apparently that hasn’t happened in 500 years.
I am a hopeful (and church-going) Irish Catholic. As such, I am hopeful that the next leader of my church:
- Finally ordains women as priests, and permits marriage of priests.
- Finally agrees that gays can enter the sacrament of marriage, and the priesthood, too.
- Finally accepts that abortion should be legal, safe and rare.
Will any of these things happen? I dunno. But, a decade ago, if you had suggested a black man could become President of the United States, you would have been laughed at.
So, we continue to pray.