I would have headlined this post with the plural form of “Habemus Papam” but I can’t seem to find the plural for “pope” in my Latin translator. Go figure. Words (quite literally) just cannot describe what I’m feeling upon reading this, via National Catholic Register:
Bishop Paprocki then suggested that Catholics should view the word, “pope” as “an honorific, even a term of endearment (‘Papa’ in Italian). It is not the title of an ecclesiastical office.”
Thus, just as Catholics continue to call a priest “Father,” even though “he has resigned from the office of Pastor,” so Italians probably “will continue to call Pope Benedict Papa Benedetto even after he leaves office as the Bishop of Rome,” predicted the bishop, who lived in Rome for three and a half years while studying canon law.
“I don’t think people will have a hard time wrapping their minds around having a Pope who is no longer the Roman Pontiff, Bishop of Rome, etc. Certainly, in direct address, one would never address him as anything but, ‘Your Holiness.’”
I predict mass confusion.
I also recommend this homily from a priest here in Kentucky. Please pray like you’ve never prayed before.
Photo: Whispers in the Loggia.