As Pope Resigns, Bay Area Catholics Reflect
San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is praising the life and work of Pope Benedict XVI. The pope on Monday stunned his followers and the church hierarchy by announcing his plans to resign at the end of the month.
At 85 years old, the pope says he no longer has the energy to fulfill his papal duties. It's been some 600 years since the last papal resignation.
It was just last year the pope appointed Archbishop Cordileone to head the San Francisco diocese, a conservative and controversial choice for a liberal city.
Host Tara Siler talks with Bernie Schlager, associate professor at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, who says Pope Benedict has influenced the Catholic church in California through the appointment of conservative men to be bishops throughout the state.