Methodist Responses to Pope Benedict's Resignation

The Revd Dr Mark Wakelin, President of the Methodist Conference,said: "We were shocked to hear of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation,which must have been a difficult decision to make. We thank God forhis ministry, and for the significant work we share with RomanCatholics worldwide in the name of the Gospel. Our thoughts andprayers are with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters at thistime. We pray for Pope Benedict and for those involved in choosinghis successor."

The Revd Neil Stubbens, Connexional Ecumenical Officer, said:"Methodists will be surprised to hear this news but will be awarethat it will be a shock for their Roman Catholic sisters andbrothers. Now is the time for prayer and seeking God's guidance asa successor is sought."      

The Revd Ken Howcroft, who represents World Methodism in Rome,said: "It is sad when a Christian leader has to lay aside an officein this way. I was present when the Pope presided at a service tomark the end of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Hisaddress was excellent and clear. But he has started to look morefrail recently, and there are great challenges urgently facing allour Churches. It will be fascinating to be in Rome as a new Pope isfound."  



1) Picture of the Revd Dr Mark Wakelin here.
2) Link to full text of Pope Benedict's resignation here.