Cardinal Dolan opens up about Pope Benedict XVI's retirement

CREATED Feb 11, 2013

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NEW YORK - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the former archbishop of MIlwaukee, said on the Today Show Monday morning he was startled to learn of Pope Benedict XVI's announcement he would be resigning his position at the end of February.

“I feel a particular bond with him, and a note of sadness,” said Cardinal Dolan. “On the other hand, my appreciation for him, which was already high, is enhanced a bit because with this sense of realism that he has such an esteem for the office of the successor of St. Peter, which is what the pope is…That he says, ‘You know I may not be up to it now, perhaps I can best serve Jesus and his people by stepping aside.’”

Pope Benedict XVI elevated Dolan to cardinal just more than a year ago.