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Critic of Francis and personal secretary of Benedict XVI at an audience with the Pope

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Archbishop Georg Gaenswein went to an audience with Pope Francis on Monday. Geanswein is the former personal secretary of the late Benedict XVI and a critic of the current head of the Catholic Church. The meeting is to have a decisive influence on the future of the German dignitary.

In the days following Benedict XVI’s death, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein attracted media attention for the imminent publication of a book expressing his regret for the Pope Francis for removing him from the office of Prefect of the Papal Household, although he formally retained it. As he confessed, he was “shocked” by this decision and was at a loss for words.

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Gaenswein on tensions between Francis and Benedict

In addition, he suggested that there were tensions between Francis and Benedict XVI, who sometimes did not accept the decisions of his successor. He also criticized the choice of Francis, who lived in the Vatican hotel, the House of Saint Martha, and not in the apostolic apartment, and stated that the apartment had to be maintained anyway, so there was no question of saving money.

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Archbishop Georg Gaenswein and Pope Francis PAP/EPA

In the opinion of the Vaticanists, Archbishop Gaenswein’s words may highlight and intensify the divisions among the hierarchy into supporters of the progressive line of Francis and the more conservative faction, for which the point of reference was the retired pope.

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Gaenswein was criticized by his compatriot Cardinal Walter Kasper, stating in a newspaper interview on Sunday that “it would be better to remain silent.” “Now is not the time for such things,” he said.

Cardinal Kasper admitted that among the hierarchs “there is a clash between two different sensitivities, the so-called progressives and the so-called conservatives.” “But these clashes are not good for the Church,” he warned.

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