Local Bishop Reacts To Pope Benedict Resignation

<p>Bishop Tyson</p>

Bishop Tyson

Bishop Joseph Tyson of the Catholic Diocese of Yakima says he's suprised at the resignation of Pope Benedict.

Tyson says he has a special connection to the Pope -- as he was one of the first bishops named by Pope Benedict back in 2005.

"I was surprised like everyone else to wake up this morning to find that Pope Benedict has resigned, but also I really respect his decision," said Bishop Tyson,  "I mean I think he's been pretty careful, prayerfully discerning his physical stamina, his capacity to engage the rigors of a global ministry."

The Yakima Diocese currently includes 41 parishes and 7 catholic schools in Central and Eastern Washington.