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Fr. Flor on Pope: ‘We Lose a Fantastic Man’

The pastor of both Jamaica Plain churches discussed his feelings on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday.

With much realignment – including merging and closing parishes locally – the Catholic Church has taken another hit today, as Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign effective Feb. 28, according to several media outlets.

Fr. Carlos Flor, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Thomas Aquinas churches in Jamaica Plain and St. Mary of the Angels parish in Roxbury, said the Catholic Church is losing a great man.

“Like any other Catholic of the world I am definitely sad for knowing that the Holy Father’s health is so bad that he can not, according to his own words, continue doing his ministry the way the church needs at this point,” he said in an interview with Jamaica Plain Patch. “We lose a fantastic man who has been a great help for these years of transition.”

Though Flor referred to the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, for the local Archdiocese there has been much transition as well. Flor was installed as pastor of the three area churches in September 2012. He commiserates with Benedict’s decision, agreeing that having a congregation so widespread is challenging.

“I totally understand,” Flor said. “It’s a heavy toll personally, physically. It’s a great task.”

Ultimately, the Church will persevere, he said.

“The Church always learns to come out from crisis, and this is a moment of transition again,” he said. “We have to face the election of a new pope. We will do it. We have to do it."

MarkBoston February 11, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Why on Earth does this man consider Ratsinger a Fantastic man ?? He is a criminal complicit with the rape of thousands of children ! The buck stopped at his desk. Not to mention he is a homophobic bigot . Even in his childhood he was a bloody Brownshirt !!!! He's nothing more than a Master manipulator
William Walker February 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Father Carlos is one of the kindest,self sacrificing men I have ever met! I attribute him and my wife for bringing me to the Catholic Church and saving my life. I was newly clean and sober but dangerously close to returning due to the way I was living when I met him,and I can honestly say he helped turn my life around! I owe more than I can ever repay to him and so I choose to pay it forward by transmitting faith and announcing the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
William Walker February 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM
The Holy Father is a fantastic man,who in the spirit of Christ and the Holy Catholic Church gave all of his life to serve. It is sad to hear of his health condition and how it is causing his resignation. My family and I continue to pray for him,his health,and most of all his Faith in Christ!
Daniel J February 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Amen Brother William!! Father Carlos is an excellent priest and Pope Benedict is a great Pope! He has fought the good fight against the powers and principalities that are slowly overcoming this world and covering it in darkness. May the next Holy Father be as steadfast to the faith and to the announcement of the Gospel!
JP Resident February 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM
I offer my most sincere respect and support for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, truly a man inspired by God with great love for humanity and the Church. May God bless him and repay him hundredfold for his humble ministry. We are also very blessed to have Fr. Flor with us. Truly a man of God. May the Lord bless him and the Church in Jamaica Plain.

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