New Pope’s Identity Not ‘Promulgated’

And some wonder why the New York Times isn’t more popular. Here is the news alert they sent, verbatim, at the news that the Catholic Church had chosen a new Pope:

With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday. The name of the new pope, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, was not immediately promulgated.

Promulgated? PROMULGATED?! Really? Not “announced” or “revealed” or “known” or any of a dozen other words with the same meaning that the average American could understand?

In fact, I would argue that “promulgated” was the wrong word. Promulgate’s most common usage is “to put into effect, as in a law or decree, especially by formal proclamation.” Does the name of a new pope get put into effect? Or is it just announced?



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