Pope Drops a Title

Benedict continues to make his mark on the papacy:

Pope Benedict XVI has ordered one of his nine official titles to be dropped .

In the new edition of the Vatican yearbook, the German pontiff is no longer referred to as Patriarch of the West.

He is simply Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Province, Sovereign of Vatican City and Servant of the Servants of God.

According to sources in the Vatican publishing house, the move – noticed by only the most observant of Vatican-watchers – was requested by the pope himself .

Simply the yada yada yada. No offense to my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, but does this bear any resemblence whatsoever to the way the apostles carried out the Great Commission?

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