Covering the Pope Resignation

I was surprised to hear the news in the last hour that Pope Benedict  is resigning in a few weeks.  Here are some resources to help as you cover this story today:

And I’ve notice over the years that many journalists aren’t familiar with religious terms, so this Religion Stylebook will help.  Two quickies:
  • Remember “catholic” means the universal church (even Protestants recite a creed acknowledging the catholic church, meaning all Christians),  but this denomination is the Roman Catholic Church.  
  • When referring to clergy the proper title is  “the Rev.”  The term  “Reverend” is not a noun so don’t write “the Reverend said…”  use the last name. 


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