Pope resignation brave - Key

VERNON SMALL
Last updated 07:56 12/02/2013

Relevant offers

Politics

Criticised diplomat to start new Justice role MP has plan to relieve subcontractors' plight Today in Politics: April 21 Australia looks to NZ for disability reform ideas Candidates chase Polynesian votes NZ 'dodged bullet' on Brash - ex MP Minister bursts analyst's bubble Shop around for new law English upbeat despite 'average' proceeds Red-zone the flood-prone houses - Dalziel

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

- © Fairfax NZ News

Special offers
Opinion poll

A "fat tax" on sugary drinks is:

A good idea

A bad idea

Vote Result

Related story: PM rejects 'fat tax'

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content