Local Catholic School Reacts to Pope Resignation
Updated: Monday, February 11 2013, 08:37 PM EST
GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS -- At Trinity Elementary Catholic School, Pope Benedict XVI ‘s announcement he plans to step down at the end of the month has the school buzzing.
Teachers are using the historic resignation as a teaching tool, but admit they too are learning about what happens next.
“It’s the first time in 600 years,” Mrs. Elaine Shuttinger told her 8th grade class. “ I remember when John Paul the second died and Benedict was elected. It was a great teaching tool then, This is so different. I’m doing research.”
According to Professor Leo Madden who teaches theology at Dominican University the conclave should meet immediately after the pope resigns.
The conclave is the meeting of cardinals in robe to secretly elect a new pope. There are about 120 cardinals. He says none are from Ohio.
“and realistically, there is no chance an American will be elected Pope,” Madden says.
If the cardinals meet in March, Madden says a new pope should be elected by Easter.
Reporter: Maria Durant
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