If you didn't see the Pope's resignation coming, don't feel bad. Neither did Daniel Cardinal Dinardo.
"I was just flying back from overseas and what's the first thing people do when they land? They turn on their cell phones. The person sitting next to me said did you hear the pope resigned? I said WHAT?!"
He says the Pope looked good when he saw him last Thursday. However during previous visits he noticed he looked not well. He says he's sure the schedule has become too much for him.
He won't hazard a guess on who will be the next man to lead the church. "I don't know who I want and if I did I wouldn't tell you." he laughed.
He says no American will be elevated, at least not this time. Informed speculation is that someone from Latin America or Africa will be chosen to lead.
Father Michael Barrett says don't expect the next Pope to radically change the church or it's policies. "The Pope doesn't come in and change the church. It's not possible." he says. He says Catholics want a Pope who will come in an adhere to the 2,000 years of tradition.