Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left the quiet of the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican for a visit to Germany to be close to his brother, Georg. Georg is 96 and in poor health.
The Prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary to Pope Benedict, Georg Gänswein, has been relieved of his duties with Pope Francis to care for the deteriorating Pope Emeritus, according to a media report.
The editor of a German magazine has come down heavily on Benedict XVI for what he said was the retired pope’s “intellectual pessimism” on the clerical sex abuse crisis.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is giving “security and hope” to the resistance to Pope Francis in what they consider to be a “difficult moment” for the Church.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI ventured out of his residence in the Vatican Mater Ecclesiae monastery last week for a trip of several hours’ duration to sites in the Castelli Romani region outside Rome.