This only struck me today for some reason. I’m a new convert (as of this Easter vigil!) and I’m lucky enough to attend Mass almost daily as I work a couple of minutes’ walk from the cathedral which is the seat of our archdiocese.
Anyway, a few weeks back, during the EP II the priest accidentally said “together with Benedict, our Pope…” (force of habit, I’m guessing), and it only just resurfaced in my mind with a thought.
When the Eucharistic Prayers were finalised, the idea of a Pope Emeritus would have been very remote - but does Pope Emeritus Benedict no longer warrant a mention in the liturgy, considering the local bishop is name checked? Especially in the context of what we’re actually praying for at that point, should EP2 not currently read “together with Francis our Pope, Benedict our Pope Emeritus and N. our bishop…”? Obviously no, it shouldn’t, but I would really appreciate someone explaining why not?