Pope Benedict XVI the Holy Grandfather

by Datechguy | February 14th, 2013

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Pope Benedict XVI the Holy Grandfather

I was talk­ing to Rox­eanne DeLuca yes­ter­day about the Pope’s res­ig­na­tion and the dis­cus­sion turned to what the ex-pope’s title would be.

on ETWN it was sug­gested he might be called Bishop Emer­i­tus of Rome as he would be the retired Bishop of Rome but it occurs to me there is a bet­ter title that should be used” the Holy Grandfather.

It sounds like some­thing silly but when you think about it that’s the per­fect title for the retired Pope.

First of all he was still the Pope so Holi­ness would be a proper honorarium.

Plus con­sider what a grand­fa­ther is.

A Grand­fa­ther sup­ple­ments a father. He is a fig­ure of kind­ness wis­dom and author­ity, a retired per­son of age with the knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence that comes with it. A per­son who loves both the father and the child with all his heart who both the child and the father will occa­sion­ally go to for advice and wise counsel.

But while the Grand­fa­ther has sta­tus he doesn’t have author­ity over the father who still makes the deci­sions. He doesn’t usurp the father, he knows that’s not his place, but he com­ple­ments the father and aids him when it’s needed.

Con­sider what I’ve just said and look at Pope Bene­dict again. He’s sim­ply radi­ates that Grand­fa­ther meme.

I’m sure the church will come up with some­thing offi­cial when the time comes, but for my money they can’t do bet­ter than Holy Grandfather.

I was talking to Roxeanne DeLuca yesterday about the Pope’s resignation and the discussion turned to what the ex-pope’s title would be.

on ETWN it was suggested he might be called Bishop Emeritus of Rome as he would be the retired Bishop of Rome but it occurs to me there is a better title that should be used” the Holy Grandfather.

It sounds like something silly but when you think about it that’s the perfect title for the retired Pope.

First of all he was still the Pope so Holiness would be a proper honorarium.

Plus consider what a grandfather is.

A Grandfather supplements a father. He is a figure of kindness wisdom and authority, a retired person of age with the knowledge and experience that comes with it. A person who loves both the father and the child with all his heart who both the child and the father will occasionally go to for advice and wise counsel.

But while the Grandfather has status he doesn’t have authority over the father who still makes the decisions. He doesn’t usurp the father, he knows that’s not his place, but he complements the father and aids him when it’s needed.

Consider what I’ve just said and look at Pope Benedict again. He’s simply radiates that Grandfather meme.

I’m sure the church will come up with something official when the time comes, but for my money they can’t do better than Holy Grandfather.

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