Pope Benedict XVI’s aide acknowledges criticism over memoir


ROME — The longtime secretary to Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged Sunday that his tell-all memoir, revealed within the days after Benedict’s loss of life, had been criticized for casting Pope Francis in an unfavorable mild, however insisted that a number of the polemics had been extra about anti-Benedict prejudice than anything.

In a few of his first public feedback since Benedict’s Dec. 31 loss of life, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein mentioned he remained loyal to Francis and that he was nonetheless ready for the pontiff to provide him a brand new job.

Gaenswein’s future has been the topic of a lot hypothesis following Benedict’s loss of life and the publication of “Nothing But the Truth: My Life Beside Pope Benedict XVI.” Within the memoir, Gaenswein charted his almost 30 years working with Benedict, but additionally settled previous scores, revealed palace intrigues and detailed a number of the dangerous blood that accrued throughout the decade through which Benedict lived as a retired pope alongside Francis.

Printed throughout the emotional interval round Benedict’s Jan. 5 funeral, the e book got here to encapsulate the conservative criticism that has been directed at Francis and his extra progressive bent by folks nostalgic for Benedict’s doctrinaire papacy.

Talking to Sky TG24 Sunday after celebrating Mass at a Rome-area church, Gaenswein acknowledged his e book had raised eyebrows each for its content material and the timing of its publication.

“There are and will be criticisms,” he mentioned. “And I have to live with the criticisms.”

He mentioned that he welcomed well-founded criticism.

“If the criticisms aren’t well-founded, but are criticisms from (anti-Benedict) prejudice or other unfounded motives, I have to accept them, but I cannot take them seriously. True criticism I accept and I learn from,” he mentioned.

He spoke to Sky at Santa Maria Consolatrice, which was the titular church of Benedict when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. After the Mass, a plaque honoring the late pope was unveiled.

In an interview with The Related Press on Jan. 24, Francis responded to Gaenswein’s critiques, and people of different conservatives, by saying they had been pure after 10 years and proved that the prelates felt free to talk.

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