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Cardinal criticizes secretary’s book on Benedict XVI

ROME ( Associated Press) – The archbishop of Vienna, a longtime friend and apprentice of Pope Benedict XVI, confirmed that it was he who wrote a letter to his former teacher urging him to accept his election to the pontiff in 2005 if he won the vote. was requested.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn issued a statement on Wednesday confirming the revelation published in the book by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, private secretary to the pope emeritus, shortly after Benedict’s death on December 31 at the age of 95.

The book, “Nothing but the Truth: My Life at the Side of Pope Benedict XVI”, has already generated controversy, as it reveals confidential communications and highlights the tensions that arose during the decade in which Benedict XVI lived as Pope Emeritus alongside Francisco.

Schönborn called the publication of the book an “unwarranted indiscipline” and distanced himself from it. “I don’t think it’s right to publish such confidential things, especially by a private secretary,” he was quoted as saying in a statement posted on the archdiocese’s website.

However, following the death of John Paul II, around the election of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as pope in 2005, Schönborn affirmed one of the least controversial chapters in the book. Shortly after being elected, Benedict XVI told a group of German pilgrims that when the votes started going his way during the conclave, he felt dizzy and a “guillotine” was falling on him.

But he then said that in the days before the conclave began he had been encouraged by a letter he had received from a “confrere” cardinal, urging him to follow what God had in store for him.

In the book, Ganswein reveals that it was Schönborn who wrote the letter, noting that he was one of the few people to address Benedict XVI with the informal “you”, not even Benedict’s closest associate at the Vatican. Schönborn and Ratzinger had known each other since 1972, when the young Dominican priest took a course given by Ratzinger in Regensburg, Germany, and “kept in the close circle of his former students,” Ganswein wrote.

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