Cardinal Arinze: “Pope Benedict may be teaching us many more things than we realize.”

How the cardinals reacted to Pope Benedict’s announcement

CNS has a great video of Cardinal Francis Arinze describing the moment yesterday when Pope Benedict announced his resignation.

“When we had concluded that [discussion of canonizations] we were about to get the blessing and he said, ‘Please sit down, I have something to say important for the Church.’ So it was a surprise, like thunder that gives no notice that it is coming.”

“Some people may be so shaken that it may change their perception. But my hope and prayer is it will help many to get more mature in our faith. Our faith is not in the pope, it is in Christ… So this event can help all of us to be deeper in our faith. To be, shall we say, less sentimental. …

So this event can become for all of us strengthening and purification in our faith. It is very important. So Pope Benedict may be teaching us many more things than we realize.”

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