Pope Benedict’s New Title? Just Call Him Bishop Emeritus.
Immediately after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, reports circulated that he would be bumped back to a cardinal, which I passed along to you. This made sense at the time, because there can be only one pope. It turns out that the Holy Father will have a new title designed to express his unique position in the Church as a living, but not sitting, Pope. His title will be: “His Holiness, Benedict XVI, Bishop Emeritus of Rome.” That sounds a lot better — and more accurate — than calling him “Cardinal Ratzinger” once again. … [Read More…]