Could people PLEASE stop saying that Benedict’s reign was “short”?

Since Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement a month or so ago, a common meme from both his supporters and critics has been how “short” his papacy was, given that we’re used to the relatively long reigns we’ve seen in the past two centuries. After St. Peter himself, the longest reigning popes are, in order, Blessed Pius IX, Blessed John Paul II, and Leo XIII. Pius X (11 years), Pius XI (17 years), Pius XII (19 years) and Paul VI (15 years), all stuck around a while. So, yes, since the fall of the Papal States and the First Vatican Council, B16 has had the third or fourth shortest reign after John Paul I and Bl. John XXIII, and is (by approximate years) tied with Benedict XV (interestingly fitting).

So it is easy to see why, experientially, people might think that his reign was “short.” In fact, it was “average.”
(2013-33)/265 = 7.47. . . . This site somehow came up with a figure of 7.2 years as the average reign.

So, seen from *that* perspective, it’s been on the long side.

One response to “Could people PLEASE stop saying that Benedict’s reign was “short”?

  1. Reminds me of French and Egyptian dynasties. Some people say that French Monarchy was so unstable, and Egyptian so stable. Now, I selected a piece of Egyptian story that pretty well fits with French Monarchy from Charlemagne’s son (or was it Clovis?) to present. Pretty much same dynasty length, and then I counted some single kings related to other dynasties as a separate dynasty.

    OK, actually it was from Charlemagne’s grandson, since his son Lewis I was so of three following divisions.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s