We can all participate in choosing the name of the next pope !
Hey, if one can believe that Benedict XVI
was divinely inspired to be assimilated into twitdom by tweet
ing on Twitter
, why not open up the naming of the next pope to a vote via the Internet, like the recent one to choose the Monopoly(tm) board-game token most deserving of its retirement, plus the token most popular as its replacement?
According to the list of popes assembled by Wikipedia (recognizing, of course, applicable cautions to all Catholics about their list), numerous Apostles, Doctors of the Church
, and other prominent saints, have never been honored
by adoption of their name by a pope, e.g.
Hieronym* a.k.a. Jerom*
Jacob* a.k.a. Jam* (2 Apostles
Lucus (but there were possibly Evangelist-inspired Popes Lucius I & II)
Note #: In the list above, the trailing '*' indicates any & all
variations of inflected endings for the name, e.g.: whether "-ans", "-ianus", "-ius", or "-us" in a Latin nominative case.
(Note to readers with itchy thumbs that've become too heavy to keep upright: No
, I don't really
urge submitting the name to a plebiscite via the Internet, but I was really
surprised by the the names I compiled that've never having been chosen by a pope.)