Gänswein Remembers Benedict

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, 66, discussed on EWTN.com (November 22) Benedict’s last years. The interview was published on December 31. Highlights

• Benedict XVI. was convinced that, after his resignation, he would only live one more year.

• As a pope he was longer in retirement than in office.

• He never lost his composure or temper. The more he was challenged, the quieter and poorer in words he became.

• He was not used to large crowds and didn’t let some media coach tell him what to do. He just took on the task.

• His Jesus Trilogy was originally supposed to be only one volume. He started it when he was a cardinal. When he was elected pope, he said, “It's now time for me to finish; who knows how long my strength will last?”

• "We always had fixed prayer times. There were exceptions, of course; for example, when we were traveling. But prayer times were sacrosanct." Benedict said: “The most important thing is that God always comes first.”

• His favorite saint was St. Joseph, joined by Augustine and Bonaventure because he had studied them so much.

• When he took up his office, he had no program of governance but his greatest challenge was “relativism.”

• When he was pope, the abuse [hysteria] came unexpectedly, but [allegedly] very powerfully.

• It came as a surprise for him when he was [falsely] accused of "mishandling abuses" during his time as Munich Archbishop (1977-1982). He immediately agreed to answer questions, “I’ve nothing to hide.”

• He dedicated his life to the priesthood. His first love, was teaching. That’s why he became a professor. Becoming pope was the last thing he expected or wanted.

• Gänswein once told the retired Benedict that the Church was "running against a brick wall”! Benedict replied, “The Lord doesn’t sleep! So, if, even in his presence, the disciples were afraid, it’s quite normal that the disciples of today can be afraid, here and there. But never forget one thing: He is here, and he remains here. And in all that’s troubling you now, that’s difficult for you now, that weighs on your heart or on your stomach, that is something you must never forget! Take that from me; I act accordingly.”

...and the Modernist spin not only continues, it will do so for as long as there are a sufficient number of foolish Catholics around that will believe it.