Local Catholics take pope's resignation in stride

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:30 AM.

"He is quite old, so I can understand that he is not able to do his duty any more," she said. "There are a lot of cardinals who are available to assume the duties of pope."

The process of selecting a new pope will begin soon, and will provide continuity within the faith, Cayer said.

"You have the College of Cardinals coming together in what we call the Conclave; they vote and the majority rules. It's the participation of man and God in the process, and we have to ultimately trust in the process," he said.

"Hopefully it won't change anything in the way things run in the church," Rogers said.

"I think some would like to sensationalize it because it has such a global impact, so no doubt it's going to affect the church on every level," Cayer said. "But for the faithful, Jesus said, 'Do not fear.' He cares for all his creation and he will care for his church."

Cayer said he received an email from a friend stating Internet gambling sites were accepting bets on whom the College of Cardinals will select for the next pope. As wagers come in, some cardinals' names rise above others as their odds improve, he said.

"It's amazing," Cayer said. "They have all the cardinals listed. Even amongst the gamblers, they seem to know who's who."

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