In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's announcement of his resignation, Springfield’s Bishop says the next pope should be a "thinker" who can reach out to other religions and non-believers. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says Benedict excelled at that.
"He always cherished that role of being an intellectual and a theologian. And I have a sneaking suspicion that even in retirement he may continue to do that. He loves to write, he loves to play the piano, and he'll have a lot more time to do both now." -Bishop Thomas Paprocki