Local Reaction to Pope's Resignation
American Catholics of a more liberal perspective are calling it an opportunity for change. The announcement of Pope Benedict the 16th's resignation comes as a shock for many priests, including some here in North Central Florida. TV20's Duke Carter joins us in the studio. Duke, some priests here are hoping the new pope will be less conservative than the current pope.
Father Roland Julien with St. Patrick's Church in East Gainesville hopes this is a new beginning for the Catholic church. Father Julien, who has been in Gainesville 40 years, says Pope Benedict the 16th is conservative and traditional particularly with the Latin mass, where the entire mass is spoken in Latin. He was shocked to learn Pope Benedict stepped down, since it's the first time a pope has resigned in 600 years.
"I would hope all Christians people of all faiths would pray that we would get a good leader who would really bring all the people in the church and other churches too closer together," Father Roland Julien said.
Father Julien hopes the new pope will be less traditional and be able to connect with all members of the church. Father Julien expects a new pope will take over around the end of March. Coming up tonight at 6 we'll have students reaction from Catholic gators.
Duke Carter, TV20 News.
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