posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 12:35 PM
'enforcer' isn't so far off. The tradition is that they can choose names that reflect character, thus we have Pope Innocent and Pope Pius. I think
that they also say the support of chaning the names starts with peter. Originally named cf Simon, then changed to Peter, Petrus, the rock, etc. One
pope was named Xystus, or some such, so his latinized papal name was Sixtus. So it can be a characteristic, a former pope, or a latinization of ones
But yes, its tradition, not a requirement, and there are no official rules. So "BIG POPPA" could be one!
Heck, the office itself is just a corruption of the word for 'dad'. 'Il poppa" was the big father, or whathaveyou.