(I sure hope that was correct Latin.)
Anyway. Pope Benedict XVI resigned today, which means that there are approximately 1.2 billion Catholics roaming the earth with no Pontiff. Scary, right? But it'll all be fine, because they've always elected a new one, usually pretty quickly. I mean, excepting the time when Clement IV died in 1268, and the cardinals took, like, three years to decide, because there was major disagreement among the cardinals, plus nasty politics from the leaders of various countries who were all clamoring for religious power, etc. Long story short, somebody finally locked all the cardinals in a building and took the roof off, so they would get rained on until they made a decision. You know, desperate times calling for desperate measures and all that.
But that hopefully won't happen again, since nowadays the cardinals are treated civilly, but are not allowed to talk to any unauthorized personnel or watch/read/listen to any media until they've made a decision. They're supposed to decide without any outside interference. That's why it's called a conclave. Conclave is a cool word. It comes from the Latin for "with a key" or something. I know, I know, we Catholics can't help being awesome... B-)
Anyway, just thought I'd plop a rather clumsy post out there in appreciation of the pope emeritus (as they call him now).
VIVA IL PAPA!!!
(That's Italian, not Latin.)
Oh, and here's a thing I made, because I really like Sherlock, and the actor who plays Sherlock is also named Benedict, and I just thought there oughtta be a pic like this.