“His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope-Emeritus”

Giving an official word to one of the imminent post-papacy’s most-sought questions, at today’s transition briefing, the Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi finally confirmed that, upon his resignation Thursday evening, Papa Ratzi will be known as “His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope-Emeritus,” and retain the signature clothing of the pontiff’s office.



  1. Why Not!
    He is the LIVING Pope!
    That really is what should be expected, in respect of “His Holiness”—He is Our Pope and holds the highest position, in the Roman Catholic Church! 600 years, since anything like this has happened…so strange……

  2. Yet another major and disruptive novelty taking place in the “post-conciliar” era. In that respect, it is consistent with the age’s “new normal” of confusion: to which state, the abdicating pontiff contributed mightily.

  3. Here is a good topic: Confusion In The Catholic Church.
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
    Part 5
    Part 6.

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