The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Benedict will resign due to age and health concerns. This is the first papal resignation in 600 years. The Vatican has said that Benedict will carry out his duties until February 28, with a new pope likely to be elected around Easter, which is March 31 this year, but the timeline for the selection of a new pope is still uncertain.
As this story is still breaking, most of the news will be focused on the details of the resignation. However, news like this tends to make people wonder what sort of change a transition like this might mean in the Roman Catholic Church. LGBT people and allies — many of whom are Catholic — have a particular interest in seeing what direction the church is heading.
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