Over HERE I wrote about the sour reaction of the assistant editrix of The Pill (aka The Tablet, aka RU-486) to the interview given by Archbp. Georg 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.
Robert Moynihan, in his newsletter, has the translation/transcript of the whole Gänswein interview.
Moynighan added (with my emphases and comments):
It shows that there is more continuity between the pontificates than many in the mainstream media, who continually suggest that Pope Francis is setting a “new course” for the Church and “breaking” with Pope Benedict is a “revolutionary” way, would like. [As I have been saying from the get go!]
Some people have criticized Gaenswein for granting this interview. A particularly hard critique came from The Tablet in London. (Link: http://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/329/g-nswein-the-mask-slips) Elena Curti [who is wrong] writes: “Gänswein revels in the fact that he has had sight of Benedict’s comments and carried them off to Pope Francis, though he says that, of course, he wouldn’t dream of divulging them. Isn’t revealing their existence in itself a breach of confidence to both his masters?” [Nope. Wrong.]
I disagree. In revealing this, Gaenswein has allowed us an important, and comforting, glimpse of how Benedict is supporting Pope Francis in the very difficult task Francis faces in these difficult times. We should be grateful to Gaenswein for this interview. [Ditto.]
There it is.