Understanding Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation

02.12.13

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the Roman Catholic community throughout the world when he announced that he will abdicate his papacy on February 28. The event is unprecedented, as it is the first time since a pope has resigned since Pope Gregory XII stepped down in 1415. For an expert perspective, Kean XChange spoke with Dr. Chris Bellitto, chair and an associate professor of Kean’s Department of History, who is considered one of the preeminent authorities on church history and contemporary Catholicism in the English-speaking world.