(WBNG Binghamton) Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse issued the following statement this morning after learning of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2013.
The Statement of Bishop Cunningham reads:
"I join with those around the world in being surprised by Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement of his resignation. His decision is clearly one of great courage and one of deep love for the Church. He has publicly recognized that he no longer has the strength to carry out the duties of his papacy which is a further sign of his great humility.
"Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered as a great theologian, a consummate teacher and a warm, caring spiritual leader. The Universal Church is grateful for his eight years as its Holy Father. May God grant him the peace he so richly deserves.
"We will keep the College of Cardinals in our prayers as they choose a successor who will continue to strengthen the Church while meeting the challenges of today."