I wrote HERE about the interview that Archbp. Gänswein gave to German TV in which he spoke, inter alia, about Francis asking Benedict for comments on one of his interviews. I wrote that the interview reinforces my view that Pope Francis, through Gänswein, is shaping the role of Pope Emeritus.
Now I see that in The Bitter Pill (aka RU-486 aka The Tablet) deputy editrix Elena Curti has had a little spittle-flecked nutty about the Gänswein TV interview. Channeling her inner Red Queen, she wants Gänswein sidelined.
We all know the facts of what Archbp. Gänswein has been doing. He is open. He is frank and conducts interviews. He would not be giving interviews and talking about Pope Francis and about Benedict XVI if either of them didn’t want him to. He is an old hand. He understands (unlike some prelates) discretion with the press. He understands what damage the wrong information in interviews can cause.
Pill‘s Curti watched Archbp. Gänswein’s interview and came to a different conclusion. She thinks that Gänswein is sour about Benedict’s renunciation of the papacy. Watch the interview and then ask yourself who is being sour. I suspect Curti is indulging in a bit of projection.
She goes on to suggest that by choosing to live at Santa Marta rather than in the Apostolic Palace, Francis is keeping Gänswein “at arm’s length”. Is she dreaming? If Francis wants to remove him he knows how to do it. Extraordinary.
For a nano-second while watching the interview I too wondered if Archbp. Gänswein had some agenda that was not in keeping with both Francis and Benedict. Then I dismissed that goofy notion as absurd and moved on to reality.
I included a link that should take you to the German interview. Watch it yourself and see if the Archbishop is “sour”. I think not.
So he said that he was surprised that Bergoglio was elected and that he wasn’t his own choice. Big deal! Who thought Card. Bergoglio was going to be elected? Everyone had their choices. And how does that amount to Gänswein being in any way disloyal to Francis?
Liberals are binary creatures. They can’t fathom that one can have a preference and then, nevertheless, submit and be obedient.
What Curti’s piece does is reveal her own sour animus for Benedict and everything he stands for, and that he still has influence.
Be careful, Ms. Curti! You don’t want to end up a “sourpuss”!
Cf Evangelii gaudium 85.
UPDATE 1801 GMT:
HA! Pill‘s Curti chirrups.
Since when can calumny be debated in a healthful manner?