Benedict XVI’s right-hand man evokes in his memoirs the tensions between Pope Francis and his predecessor

Barely a week after the funeral of Benedict XVI, his closest collaborator, Monsignor Georg Gänswein, publishes highly anticipated memoirs on Thursday, January 12, in which he scratches Pope Francis by recounting the tensions that have enamelled the unprecedented cohabitation between his mentor and his successor.

The book, titled Nothing but the truth – My life alongside Benedict XVIretraces Joseph Ratzinger’s ascension to the throne of Saint Peter, his pontificate (2005-2013) marked by scandals, and finally his retirement in a Vatican monastery after his resignation having surprised the whole world.

The Vatican has not officially reacted

Georg Gänswein affirms among other things that the Argentine pope had “broken heart” of his predecessor by limiting the use of Latin which he himself, a conservative, had developed. Until his death on December 31 at the age of 95, Benoît XVI was used as a standard bearer by the conservative wing of the Church, which considers Francis too progressive.

The Vatican has not officially reacted to the grievances expressed against the Argentine pope by Monsignor Georg Gänswein in his book, but after several days of publication of the good sheets in the press, the German prelate of 66 years was summoned Monday for an interview behind closed doors with François, of which nothing has filtered.

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