Upper or lower case?
A reader from North Charleston took us to task for a recent wire story that referred to physicist Stephen Hawking and Pope John Paul II. The article read, in part, “The British scientist joked he was lucky the pope didn’t realize he had already presented a paper at the gathering suggesting how the universe was created.”
That didn’t sit well with "Ski", who wrote: “I am a proud Catholic, and your reference to the Pope as the pope, is noticeable.”
No disrespect is intended.
As with most daily newspapers, we follow The Associated Press Stylebook when it comes to issues of capitalization. Here is what the stylebook says regarding pope: “Capitalize when used as a formal title before a name; lowercase in all other uses.”
I should note the same rule applies to the president, or a queen.
Or an executive editor.