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Pontifical name update

March 13th, 2013 (08:05 pm)

Pope Francis... well, that is a new twist to an old guessing game; and shows what I know.

ETA: This is a sign of the shift in pontifical naming customs which has taken place since 1958. Between the late tenth century and up until Pius XII, it could be argued that names were chosen to demonstrate continuity with the early church, with variations depending on the times. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, continuity with ancien regime Europe and the papal monarchy was important. Since John XXIII, naming choices have represented a shift towards emphasising the kind of ministry one might expect, rather than asserting political associations.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/586948.html.

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Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: March 13th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)

Whatever else he proves to be, he's got the concept of PR branding down ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 13th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)

Definitely. I doubt that anyone in the conclave suggested the name was a terrible idea; in 1464, allegedly, the new pope had both Formosus II and Mark II rejected before his fellow cardinals agreed to proclaim him as Paul II.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: March 13th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Marxist

I think Pope Mark II would definitely have gone on my list of silly papal names (although in retrospect I wonder what on earth I was thinking when I thought some of those were funny). It sounds like the Mark I pope was faulty and had to be replaced with a new model...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 13th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)

The headline writers would like Mark II, certainly. From now on, anything with a Catholic Christian association goes...