“I have a great deal of admiration for Pope Benedict XVI and appreciate his recognition of the health issues he is facing. I admire his humility in asking the cardinals to come together in prayer to select his successor.’’

Archbishop Gregory Aymond, archbishop of New Orleans

“I think a leader should realize when she or he is unable to lead. That took enormous courage, so I admire it.

“It means we have a church that can adapt to circumstance; it’s a sign of hope.’’

Tom Ryan, director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry

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