By COSMAS OMEGOH
More reactions are still trailing the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI’s intention to resign as the head of the Universal Church, the latest coming from members of Knights of Saint Mulumba in the Lagos province. “I was taken aback the moment the news hit the world,” said veteran radio broadcaster, Alaoma Nwogbe, who is a Knight of Saint Mulumba.
“It is a rude shock. It was a big shock because we learnt that no pope in recent and distant times had had course to resign. The fact that no Pope had ever resigned in the past 600 years makes it both spectacular and a landmark.”
Speaking in the same vein, Grand Knight (Dr.) Solomon Onimole, of Ketu Sub Council, Lagos said: “The pontiff resigned due to old age. He has indicated that he can no loner cope with the rigour of the office. There is nothing else behind it. It must be noted that he was appointed at a time he was already very old.” Nwogbe reasoned that: “Since the Catholic Church is one, no one can do anything about the Pontiff’s decision especially on health grounds.
I doubt if anyone among the College of Bishops will raise any eyebrow. Before now, they must have discussed the issues and come to the conclusion that his reason(s) were valid. Dr. Onimole noted that: “As usual, the College of Bishops will have to meet to decide how to elect a new pope.
A team of cardinal has to do this.” He called for prayers, especially during the forthcoming Lenten season, which begins tomorrow, fearing that, that was necessary as the Year of Faith, which the Pontiff initiated might be derailed in due course.
“You recall that Pope Benedict the XVI initiated the Year of Faith, which ends in December 2013. Another pope may come and change the direction of things.
That is why we have to pray to encourage the spirit of stronger faith. We will continue to pray for direction, especially during this Lenten Season so that the Holy Spirit will direct the church at a time like this.” Nwaogbe saluted the Pontiff for a rare show of courage, believing that his resignation would have no impact on the church, more so, as he would not continue in office forever.