Benedict's confidant spills beans on two-popes tension

January 13, 2023

Just one week after the funeral of Benedict XVI, his closest aide released a much-trailed memoir Thursday, revealing details of tensions between the late pope emeritus and his more liberal successor Pope Francis. In "Nothing But the Truth: My Life Beside Pope Benedict XVI", Gaenswein describes Benedict's perplexity at some of Francis's decisions, and the latter's apparent attempts to keep his predecessor in check. Gaenswein, who had been propelled into the limelight on Benedict's election, says he was left "shocked and speechless" by his demotion. On hearing the news, Benedict half-jokingly said "it seems Pope Francis doesn't trust me anymore, and is making you my guardian". - 'Gorgeous George' -Like Benedict, Gaenswein was born in Bavaria.