Primus of Scotland’s statement on pope’s resignation

Posted Feb 11, 2013

[Scottish Episcopal Church] The Most Rev. David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrew’s, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, says “Christians of all traditions will have heard of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI with regret.  He has been a distinguished holder of his office, widely respected for his scholarship and his spirituality.

“Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain was a significant event during his term of office and I was privileged to meet him. His speeches showed his willingness to engage with the issues of faith in a complex and secular society.

“The challenge of leading a historic faith institution in a time of rapid change is very great.  Pope Benedict has made a difficult personal decision which shows the mark of a humble servant of Jesus Christ.  We wish him a peaceful and holy retirement.”