As far as I am concerned only one title is legitimate and proper:
Servant of the Servants of the Lord.
I’m quite aware that Rome gave up the title, but the argument that it was “a gesture to the Orthodox” is specious, as I have written elsewhere at length. Every single Orthodox response (and there have been at least three major ones published) has decried this decision in no uncertain terms.
Lumen Gentium put the People of God first. But the coat of arms is good. Probably few people at Kenedy are working there, much less assigned to the same office, that ever had to worry about that change before.
Oddly, the 2005 edition had Benedict’s coat of arms. Maybe their QuarkXpress is haunted.
I wish they would drop “Supreme Pontiff”. Is there any lesser Pontiff? Isn’t this an adaptation of the gentile title “Pontifex Maximus” claimed be Roman Emperors, after the end of the Republic, and later yielded to the Bishops of Rome? It is not an accident that the English word “pontificate” means what it does. Doesn’t “Vicar of Christ” say it all? Actually I would prefer the earlier title “Vicar of Peter”.
I stand corrected on the reason for dropping the patriarch of the west title. I should have looked further. The Orthodox have indeed taken offense.