Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bush makes a gaffe at the Vatican?

US President George W Bush drew gasps at the Vatican on Saturday by referring to Pope Benedict XVI as "sir" instead of the expected "His Holiness", pool reporters said.

They could clearly hear the US leader say "Yes, sir" when the pope asked him if he was going to meet with officials of the lay Catholic Sant'Egidio community at the US embassy later during his visit. (News 24)

I can't believe that this is even a news story. The man is a Protestant, Methodist I believe, not a Catholic. He used a title of respect in responding to the Pope even if it wasn't the 'proper' one. I doubt the Holy Father even noticed and if he did would have cared. There is plenty of things to criticize President Bush about but the "protocol experts" should get over themselves because this isn't one of them.