Remember when Bill O’Reilly thought it was offensive to call the pope a “primate”?
The impending resignation of Pope Benedict XVI brings to mind an episode of six years ago in which Bill O’Reilly of Fox News spectacularly betrayed his ignorance of the English language.
O’Reilly got his undies in a bunch when some liberal somewhere referred to the pope as a “primate.” Bill-o thought the guy was likening the pontiff to an ape.
What a dummy!
The truth is that the pope is a primate in more ways than one. For starters, the word “primate” applies to a variety of mammals — including humans as well as apes.
But more to the point, “primate” also is defined as a bishop or some other high official in the Catholic Church.