Update on The Tablet Sourpusses, the Gänswein Interview

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!]

 

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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.

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7 Responses to Update on The Tablet Sourpusses, the Gänswein Interview

  1. MrTipsNZ says:

    This actually starts to make a lot of sense now.

    Benedict, like a faithful and good servant, stood down because Our Lord KNEW the next guy would need a certain help and continuity. Benedict could do nothing else but obey the truth – that’s his way.

    Its often said the enemy fights you the most furiously just before you beat them. Lets hope so.

  2. good article.thank you Father Z.
    Question:Will Ganswein ever become a cardinal?(maybe if i ask often enough someone will say yes?)

  3. HighMass says:

    Oremus! Let us pray that the GOOD Archb. Does become a Cardinal, Good and Faithful Servant!

    Maybe some day even become Supreme Pontiff! Sure wish we had an address to write to him and Thank Him for all he has done for The Church and Pope E. Benedict, and Now Pope Francis!

  4. “Maybe some day even become Supreme Pontiff!”
    Two ppl praying for the same thing. I won’t live long enough to see it in this life but glad to join my prayers with yours :) made my day.Thank you!!!!!!!

  5. Sulo says:

    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!]

    I know many want to believe that there is a strong continuity between Benedict XVI and Francis. Making the claim requires evidence. Just because Francis does always contradict what Benedict XVI has done, doesn’t mean there is philosophical continuity. In fact, I would suppose many Catholics (maybe “most” traditionalists) would see little similarity between the two Pontiffs. Francis does not seem to like many of the traditions of the Church. Francis does not seem to bother much about the concerns of traditional Catholics (“self-absorbed Promethean neo-Palagians”, “restorationist”, you know the list…). Please tell me how I am mistaken. If you have to refer to the file “what Francis really means”, forget it…

  6. Sulo says:

    “doesn’t” not “does”, …() always contradict…

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