Many conservatives in America and around the world are at odds with Pope Francis’ Leftist politics. It appears his predecessor, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, is not a fan of the current Pope’s strong personality.
The magisterium of Pope Benedict and of Pope Francis have been dedicated to recovering the full and Christian meaning of the word "charity". pic.twitter.com/h92P9xcOLo
— Amigo de Frodo (@bpdflores) February 10, 2017
Translated from a German report by Pewsitter.com:
Speaking at a March 16th conference in Limburg, Germany, the long-time Vatican correspondent Andreas Englisch has delivered an explosive allegation: In contradiction of public appearances, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “are in complete disagreement” and “never speak to one another.” The Pope Emeritus has apparently stated that he only appears in public “at the explicit request of Pope Francis.” What is shown on these occasions, Englisch continues, is “only the pretense of friendship.”
No official transcript of the press conference is yet available, but Giuseppe Nardi, another well-known Vaticanist who was in attendance, says that Englisch continued his statements by describing Pope Francis as a “strong personality” who “gets what he wants,” and that he has little in common with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI but “uses him when necessary for the optics.”
Here is a speech given by then Benedict about Pope Francis in happier times.
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