House Speaker Rep. John Boehner R-Ohio has issued a statement in response to the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month.
“The prayers and gratitude of American Catholics are with Pope Benedict XVI today,” he said. “The Holy Father’s decision displays extraordinary humility and love for the Church, two things that have been the hallmarks of his service.”
Boehner added that Americans were “inspired” by his 2008 visit to the United States and praised the Pope’s “quiet, steady leadership of the Church in uncertain times.”
“People of all nations have been blessed by the sacrifices he has made to sow the seeds of hope, justice, and compassion throughout the world in the name of Our Lord and Savior,” he said.