Since the announcement of the papal abdication, Dr. Robert Moynihan’s reporting from Rome has provided an on-the-ground perspective. His latest issue of the Moynihan Letters, on the breaking the Pope’s ring, is a great example. Here he describes what Pope Benedict will be called and what title he retains:
He will be called “Pope Emeritus” or “Roman Pontiff Emeritus,” Father Lombardi said.
He will still dress in white, as a Pope does, in a simple, white cassock. And he will keep the title of address “His Holiness Benedict XVI.”
But the fisherman’s ring will be broken.