Making the hard decisions
A few days after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, several of my Roman Catholic friends and I wondered whether the now-former pontiff would be called “Pope Emeritus.”
We were not clairvoyant. The practical matter of how to address a retired Holy Father was suddenly real, not only for the church, but also for the world’s vocabulary. No Pope had resigned in 600 years. Yet now that Joseph Ratzinger is Pope Emeritus, the pundits have begun pondering whether he was the right man for the papacy after all.