Former Benedict XVI Refused to Change Coat of Arms
Andrea Cionci refers on LiberoQuotidiano.it (December 7) to Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo (+2017), a heraldist, who designed Benedict XVI’s coat of arms in 2005.
After his resignation, Montezemolo offered to change the coat of arms because a retired pope can no longer use symbols that indicate jurisdiction. But Ratzinger replied that he preferred not to assume any new coat of arms because he planned not to use the coat of arms anymore.
Nevertheless, since 2018, Archbishop Gänswein started using Benedict’s coat of arms again although as Prefect of the Pontifical House he is supposed to display Bergoglio's.
Cionci concludes that heraldry is a clear and precise official language which for him confirms that "the pope is only Benedict XVI."