From a reader…
Following the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, I have noted various articles that refer to him now as Mr McCarrick.
It occurs to me to wonder what the correct style would be in these circumstances for the former Cardinal. Presumably he remains (at least for the time being) within the estate of archbishop such that one would continue to use the style of ‘Your Grace’ or, I suppose, ‘Excellency’?
I guess so.
I think the style sheet of Hell’s Bible (aka NY Times) often uses “Mr” for just about everyone. When will they finally embrace toleration and diversity and no longer harass the Masses with these choice-stifling patriarchal modes of oppression?!?
Anyway, how to address former Cardinal McCarrick….. How to address… him.
It sure as hell ain’t “Cardinal Emeritus”. There’s nothing merited in that one.
How to address … McCarrick….
How about… “Hey, you!”
Perhaps with a jab of the finger. Rather… a finger. A finger-jab.
If you are from S. Philly, S. Boston, or S. Bronx you might try a fervent, “Hey, a******!” See also finger comment, above.
There is also, I believe, a special greeting sound called the Raspberry (aka Bronx Cheer). That might work. If it’s good enough for the Fishwrap, after all, its good enough for him.
If you are from more reticent places, such as Minnesota or Wisconsin, “Ummm, excuse me…?”, might be widely understood, though – as I think about it – also not merited.
For me, however, the best bet would be not to address him at all. Perhaps a cold and still stare? People who know me well, well know the stare I’m talking about.
Unless it is in the confessional. Then I would have a few more things to say. And, thanks be to God, I’d be behind a grate… for his sake.
In any event, did you know that the index finger was called in Latin by our ancient forebears the digitus salutaris? The Salutary Finger? Salute Finger? Ancient Romans held up their index fingers when greeting people. I believe that in modern usage, at least on roadways, a different finger is more commonly employed.
I’d recommend a return to the use of the digitus salutaris, at least among frequenters of the Traditional Latin Mass. Be sure that your visitors don’t mistake what is being done.