Call Him ‘Pope-Emeritus’

The following piece originally ran on the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog on February 26, 2013, two days before the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI took effect.

The church and the world are still absorbing the shock of the announcement that on February 28th Pope Benedict XVI will become the first in modern history to resign from the papacy (the last two were Gregory XII in 1415 and St. Celestine V in 1294). In the wake of this bold decision, one fact shines through: only he could do this. [Read full article on WaPo blog…]