ROME, March 19 (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI’s longtime secretary acknowledged Sunday that the full-length memoir he published days after Benedict’s death was criticized for being unfavorable to Pope Francis, but insisted Think some of this content debate is more about bias than anything else.
In his first public comments since Benedict’s Dec. 31 death, Archbishop Georg Gainswein said he remained loyal to Francis and that he was still waiting for a new job from the pope.
Gainswain’s future has been the subject of much speculation following Benedict’s death and the publication of “Beyond the Truth: My Life Around Pope Benedict XVI.”
In this memoir, Gaenswein documents his nearly 30 years of working with Benedict, but also settles old scores, exposes court intrigue, and details the accumulation of Benedict’s ten years of living with Francis as retired pope some hatred.
Published during the emotional period around Benedict’s Jan. 5 funeral, the book outlines conservative criticism of Francis and the more progressive tendencies towards him among those nostalgic for Benedict’s dogmatic papacy.
Speaking to Sky TG24 on Sunday after celebrating Mass at a church in the Rome area, Gaines Wayne admitted that both the content and timing of his book had raised concerns.
“There has been and there will be criticism,” he said. “And I have to live with the criticism.”
He said he welcomed educated criticism.
“If the criticism is unfounded, but out of prejudice or other baseless motives, I have to accept it, but I can’t take it seriously. I take real criticism and learn from it,” he said.
He was interviewed by Sky at Santa Maria Consolatrice, which was Benedict’s titular church when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. After the mass, a plaque commemorating the late pope was unveiled.
In a Jan. 24 interview with The Associated Press, Francis responded to criticism from Gaines and other conservatives, saying they were natural after 10 years and demonstrating that bishops can speak freely. (Associated Press)
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