Bishop Placido Rodriguez calls Pope Benedict XVI, "a humble servant of the Lord." The leader of the Catholic Diocese of Lubbock has met with the new pope several times and has had the chance to discuss the doctrine with him.
After his election Tuesday, former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany led mass at the Sistine Chapel for the first time Wednesday. Benedit opened the mass with a prayer in Latin and cardinals chanted.
Since Pope Benedict XVI is a conservative, Rodriguez says there won't be any changes to doctrine. However, he says the election calls for a renewed interest and zeal in the Catholic religion. Rodriguez says, "There is a great interest and focus on the Catholic church so there are great expectations for us to provide leadership."
Rodriguez hopes the election will help Lubbock continue to grow its Catholic congregation. In the past ten years, the congregation has grown from 50,000 to more than 80,000.
|Biography of Bishop Placido Rodriguez|
|Diocese of Lubbock Website|