|Pope Benedict XVI’s Coat of Arms|
Grey also added “footnote” videos with some additional nuance. At a few points in the main video, you can actually click the bottom right corner, and it’ll open the appropriate “footnote.” The footnote videos further explain that:
- “The Catholic Church” is actually 23 different sui juris Churches in communion with the pope;
- Only the Latin Church requires priestly celibacy (and even the Latin Church has certain exceptions for priestly celibacy), although all 23 Churches require episcopal celibacy.
- While Cardinals are almost always bishops, they don’t have to be.
All in all, I think he did a fantastic job both grasping Catholic nuance, and explaining it to a largely non-Catholic. I hope that his attention to detail will serve as a positive example for others (like reporters) covering the Catholic Church.
Of course, anyone actually ambitiously striving for the papacy, like the main character in this video, would probably not make it very far at all. It’s worth remembering that those who want the papacy don’t get it, and those who get the papacy don’t want it. If nothing else, Benedict’s resignation has hopefully made at least that much clear.