Fr. Jim Phalan, C.S.C. | Mar. 1, 2013 | Congregation of Holy Cross
The Chair of Saint Peter has been vacated. This is a surprising situation that has left us unsure of how to respond. Most importantly, I just want to say to a man who has become a “holy father” to me: “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”
Thank you, Benedict, for being who you are. You didn’t look to become Pope, but you accepted willingly a huge responsibility when asked. You showed your humility and have given a great lesson to all us when you honestly admitted it was time to elect a new Pope.