As a bishop of this church and this diocese, I know I express your sentiment of gratitude and esteem for the generosity of his servant leadership in the model of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We wish him the very best in his next years of quiet prayer, reflection and perhaps further theological writing.
We also step out in confident faith that the Holy Spirit always provides for the church just the right pontiff for each particular age. We pray for the cardinals from throughout the world who will gather in March in Rome to choose the next Vicar of Christ, successor to Peter, and successor to Pope Benedict XVI. This long line of apostolic succession and fidelity to the truth of the Scriptures and to the magisterium of the church will be continued through this next selection and will assist all of us in the Diocese of Green Bay to be parishes and individuals “Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged and Fully Alive.”
God is good all the time. Christ yesterday, today and forever.