VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI will be known as "emeritus pope" in his retirement and will continue to wear a white cassock, the Vatican announced Tuesday, again fueling concerns about potential conflicts arising from having both a reigning and a retired pope.
Looks like the popey guy is determined to be a continuing nuisance. Over at the Vatican, they're all saying "Drat!" If you cup a hand to your ear and listen closely, you can probably hear them. Go ahead and try it. Do you hear them? Now they're saying "Dang!"
In the two weeks since Benedict's resignation announcement, Vatican officials had suggested that Benedict would likely resume wearing the traditional black garb of a cleric and would use the title "emeritus bishop of Rome" so as to not create confusion with the future pope.
Not create confusion?! This is Ratzinger you're talking about. Confusion is his middle name. This is all his doing, by the way. The story notes that "Benedict himself made the decision in consultation with others, settling on 'Your Holiness Benedict XVI' and either emeritus pope or emeritus Roman pontiff."
Emeritis Roman mastiff might be more appropriate. But the good news is that Ratzi's not letting go. He is the once and future popey guy. Oh, the juicy times that lie ahead! Be still, my heart.