Pope resignation brave - Key

Last updated 07:56 12/02/2013

Relevant offers


Defunct health cost-cutting scheme lacked organisation, DHB buy-in - report Stoush erupts over benefit figures - good news, or bad news? Government asks for Labour's support on TPPA Judge orders Trade Minister to review his refusal to release TPPA documents Andrew Little: $2000 a day bill for Paula Rebstock CYF work 'a disgrace' Labour would stick to ban on foreign house buyers despite TPPA - Andrew Little Shutting down multinational tax rorts could mean 'more work for tax advisers' Cropping-related deaths low compared to other farming activities Student protests spark victory for civil rights - 150 Years of News John Key sees 'positive signals' from Australia on deportation

Prime Minister John Key says Pope Benedict's resignation was a "brave call" on behalf of the ailing pontiff.

Key said he was genuinely surprised by the move, the first papal resignation for 600 years.

"The 1.2 billion Catholics around the world will be quite shocked," he said this morning speaking on TV3's Firstline.

"This is a position where people normally carry on for all of their natural life once they have been appointed pope."

He could only assume the pressure on the pope's health did not allow him to discharge his responsibilities at the level he would want.

"So quite a brave call from his perspective," Key said.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?



Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content