Thursday, September 21, 2006

Apropos of that...

With reference to my last post, does anyone else find it at all strange that Pope Benedict is almost universally referred by those who dislike him as "Ratzinger". It may simply be my age (I was of tender years indeed when John Paul II became Pope) but I really don't recall the last Pope being referred to as Wojtyla. Is it simply a none-too-subtle disparagement or a sign of slow re-adjustment?

I know what my money's on...

2 Comments:

Blogger Clanroyden said...

Is it intended as a symbolic rejection of his authority, in the same spirit as referring to the Royal Family as the Windsors? In practice it looks a bit contrived and probably indicates the narrowness of the author's mind.

3:46 pm  
Blogger Mark Holland said...

On a similar theme, why do the sort of people who insist that any Tom, Dick or Harry who's just got off the boat from some godforsakenstan is as British as you or me often refer to the royals as Germans.

12:51 pm  

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