Today we got the surprise announcement from the Vatican that on Feb. 28th Pope Benedict XVI will resign, the first Pope to do so in nearly 600 years.
, Pope Benedict -- who turns 86 in April -- said he had come to the certainty "that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry."
Benedict was known for his die hard position on the old Catholic beliefs that were against the ordination of women and marriage for priests. He opposed homosexuality and communism and was never afraid of upsetting political sensibilities. His beliefs often made him look out of touch with many Catholics and the steady decline in church membership reflected that.
What's next for the Catholic Church? Do they take this opportunity to elect possibly a younger more "In touch" Pope, maybe one that people can relate to and feel more compelled to attend Mass once again? Or stay just follow their most recent selection with another just like him? One thing is for sure the process may be hundreds of years old but what the modern Catholic church needs is a younger more vibrant leader at its helm.