I’ve just had the pleasure of attending a social evening, not a Mass, with George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney. I was talking to him afterward and while I remembered to address him as “Your Eminence” I have a feeling I should have done something else.
Other people there also kissed his ring. Some did, some didn’t. To be perfectly honest Cardinal Pell didn’t seem bothered either way, and he certainly didn’t stand on ceremony or anything.
What didn’t help was that the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, was also in attendance and I’m sure I referred to the Cardinal as “Your Grace” and the Archbishop as “Your Eminence” at least once!
What is the correct protocol here?