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TradCatKnight: Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Won’t Enter ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Controversy

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Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Won’t Enter ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Controversy

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Won’t Enter ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Controversy

There would probably be more assassination attempts on his life if he did. BXVI is the true Pope

Benedict XVI, who turns 90 on Easter Sunday, has read Amoris Laetitia thoroughly, taken note of the controversies surrounding the document and how it is implemented, but is not commenting on it in any way.

This is according to Benedict’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein who, in an April 12 interview with the Italian daily La Repubblica, said the former pope is well aware of contrasts made between him and Pope Francis, but does not let them provoke him, and has “no intention of entering controversies that feel far away from him. ”
Benedict XVI, he said, is “serene, quiet and in a good mood”, doing only those things that his strength allows.
The Pope Emeritus will be celebrating Easter and his birthday at his Mater Ecclesiae residence in the Vatican Gardens with his brother, 93 year-old Msgr. Georg Ratzinger. That is a “great gift”, Archbishop Gäsnwein said, adding that on Easter Monday he will enjoy a “modest Bavarian celebration” with a small delegation from the region.
He said that physically, the Pope Emeritus is “very lucid” for a man of his age, but his “strength is diminishing” and he depends on assistance to walk. He still plays the piano “but his hands do not obey like they used to, or at least do not obey as they should to play well.”
Archbishop Gänswein said the Pope Emeritus continues to watch the television news at 8pm, receives L’Osservatore Romano, and Avvenire, the Italian bishops’ newspaper, as well as Vatican press releases. He also enjoys reading the Church fathers and keeping updated on the most important theological publications.
He said Benedict has “never regretted” resigning, but continues to believe that he “did the right thing, for the Lord’s sake and for the good of the Church.” In his soul, Archbishop Gänswein added, is a “touching peace, which suggests that in his conscience there is the certainty of having done well in the sight of God.”
The presence of peace within him “is a beautiful gift stemming from the decision.”
Asked a recurring question — whether he was pressured to step down — Archbishop Gänswein said: “No not at all!”, and referred to Benedict’s comments in last year’s book interview with Peter Seewald, Last Testament, in which he said he had faced “no pressure from any side.”
“If there were, he would not give in,” he said. “He had become aware of not having the strength to guide the barque of Peter which needed a strong rudder. He understood the need to give back to the hands of the Lord what he had received from Him.”
The German prefect of the Pontifical Household also denied the “Vatileaks” affair had an influence on the 2013 conclave. “Benedict followed the conclave on television,” he said, adding that in Seewald’s book, prepared a year after the election, Benedict had said Pope Francis “was a nice breath of ‘fresh air” and “made no other comments.”

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