Pope Benedict XVI’s aide acknowledges criticism over memoir
After Benedict’s death and the publication of “Nothing But the Truth: My Life Beside Pope Benedict XVI,” Ganzwein’s future has been the subject of much speculation. In the memoir, Ganswein also outlines his nearly 30 years of working with Benedict, but also Old scores settled, palace intrigues revealed And detailed some of the bad blood that accumulated during the decade in which Benedict lived with Francis as a retired pope.
Published in the emotional period surrounding Benedict’s Jan. 5 funeral, the book came to encapsulate the conservative criticism that has been leveled at Francis and by those nostalgic for Benedict’s doctrinal papacy. More progressive leanings.
Speaking to Sky TG24 on Sunday after celebrating mass at a Rome-area church, Gaenswein admitted his book had raised eyebrows both for its content and the timing of its publication.
He said that there are and will be criticisms. “And I have to live with the criticism.”
He said that he welcomes well-founded criticism.
“If the criticisms are not well-founded, but are criticisms from (anti-Benedict) prejudice or other baseless motives, I have to accept them, but I cannot take them seriously. I accept them in true criticism and from that. I learn,” he said.
He spoke to Skye at Santa Maria Consolatores, Benedict’s titular church when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. After the Mass, a plaque in honor of the late Pope was unveiled.
In one Interview with the Associated Press On January 24, Francis responded to criticism from Gaenswein and other conservatives by saying he was naturalized after 10 years and asserting that presbyters feel freer.