“Nothing but the truth” is the title of the book by Father Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of the late pope emeritus Joseph Ratzinger: the text contains background and notes on the Church that annoyed Pope Francis, who summoned the monsignor for an audience private.
From the various anticipations, published in the newspapers, differences had emerged between Benedict XVI and Bergoglio, or rumors about a schism and the possible resignation of the current bishop of Rome.
Gänswein reportedly “regrets” for the excerpts that came out in a “decontextualized” manner, but the Vatican’s leaders are fighting the opportunity to publish a similar book immediately after Ratzinger’s death and to quote passages from the private correspondence between the emeritus and the Pope.
The secretary himself has given several interviews in recent days, often underlining the differences between the two popes, such as when he described Ratzinger’s astonishment at Bergoglio’s decision to take a step back on the Latin mass. Despite the stories, however, the emeritus has always avoided any interference with his successor, assuring him of “unconditional reverence and obedience”.
Mouths sewn in the shadow of St. Peter on what they said face to face, but from the words of Francis on God who manifests himself “in silence” it is easy to understand that greater reserve has been requested in these days. To the point that Father Georg would have come, according to reports, to the conclusion that he had to “keep quiet”.
According to what he reports Republic, Father Georg will leave the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in which he lived with Benedict: a position as apostolic nuncio in Lichtenstein, or a professorship in a pontifical university in Rome, or as archivist is expected for him. It is unlikely that he will return to Germany, it is probable that he will be badly received by the German clergy.
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