Incredibilmente Bergoglio sostiene la tesi secondo cui la morte di Benedetto XVI “e’ stata sfruttata dai Tradizionalisti”
Pope says Church conservatives exploited death of ex-pope Benedict (*)
Francis also rejected claims by some conservatives that Benedict, who died on Aug. 31, was embittered by some of the current pope’s decisions.
Published: FEBRUARY 6, 2023 09:20
Pope Francis addresses people as he arrives for the weekly general audience at the Vatican, June 8, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE)
Pope Francis has said some in the conservative wing of the Roman Catholic Church had exploited the death of the former pope, Benedict, in an unethical way for their own gains.
Speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning from a trip to Africa on Sunday, Francis also rejected claims by some conservatives that Benedict, who died on Aug. 31, was embittered by some of the current pope’s decisions.
“I think the death of Benedict was instrumentalized by some people,” he said, using the Italian phrase “guiding water to one’s own mill,” meaning people who want to benefit themselves at the expense of others.
“I think the death of Benedict was instrumentalized by some people.”Pope Francis
“Those people do not have ethics. They are people of a party, not of the Church,” he said, in a conversation that included a condemnation of a law criminalizing LGBTQ people, and his travel plans.
Francis used a Spanish expression (Spanish South-American slang): “Cuento Chino,” meaning tall tales, to describe allegations by some conservatives that Benedict was saddened by some of Francis’ decisions after Benedict resigned in 2013.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter’s Square to hold his last general audience at the Vatican, February 27, 2013. (credit: REUTERS/ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/FILE PHOTO)
Francis often consulted Benedict
The pope said he often consulted Benedict in the nearly 10 years between his resignation in 2013 and his death. Francis did not name any of the conservatives he was referring to.
Immediately after Benedict’s funeral on January 5, the late ex pope’s long-time secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, published a book about what he said were strains while two men wearing white lived in the Vatican.
Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, a conservative ally of Benedict who has criticized Francis, also wrote a book in January.