|"Pope Emeritus" greets new "Bishop of Rome"|
We are living in strange times.
We have two popes. One who has 'retired' and is called 'pope emeritus'. The other, who, until recently, preferred to be called 'Bishop of Rome'.
My only experience with the word 'emeritus' is its usage for retired professors. A retired professor, however, remains a professor. I suspect that a 'retired pope' is no less a pope merely because he is now retired.
Perhaps there is a legal reason why the new pope, Francis, preferred the title of 'Bishop of Rome' over the title 'pope', or did so at least until the recent extraordinary synod. Noting the history of the papacy, it would seem reasonable to assume that no one wants the confusion or factionalism of pope versus anti-pope.
And yet it is clear the new Pope/Bishop of Rome is trying to shake things up - or, as he told the youth in Rio on World Youth Day in 2013, make a mess.
Mess or no mess, as Catholics, we owe our prayers and allegiance to the Holy Father. Both of them.