MALOLOS CITY—Pope Benedict XVI resignation as Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church drew sadness and admiration from Bulakenyo leaders yesterday.
Bro. Eddie Villanueva, the founder of the Jesus Is Lord Movement described the pope’s decision as a “supreme sacrifice” a sign of “selflessness” and said that it must be emulated by all other leaders.
“I salute him for that. It is a sign of greatness,” Villanueva said in an exclusive interview yesterday after the launch of his senatorial campaign at the Bulacan Provincial Gymnasium here.
A religious leader before entering politics, Villanueva said that the Pope’s decision is grounded on the Pontiff’s clear understanding of the power of the cross and Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
“I read his two books, and he (Pope) has very clear understanding of the power of the cross and resurrection.
Sana lahat ng leader ay katulad niya na hindi kapit tuko sa posisyon,” Villanueva said.
He added that leaders of any discipline must have a sense of selflessness, greatness and destiny.
“He said he cannot do his job effectively anymore, that is selflessness and other leaders must emulate him.”
For his part, former Gov. Roberto Pagdanganan also expressed sadness on the Pope’s decision.
“I am saddened, I thought he was doing well,” Pagdanganan said.
He also expressed admiration of the Pope’s decision and said it was a noble act.
“It is not only an act fo sacrifice, it is a noble act,” Pagdanganan said. Dino Balabo