Pope Benedict XVI walks with his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, in Bressanone, Italy July 31, 2008. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
In an interview with German journalist Michael Hesemann,
Msgr. Georg Ratzingerthe older brother of Pope Emeritus Benedictsaid that his
brother’s literary work is complete and he will not be publishing anything
else. He also said that Pope Benedict has “no acute illness” and that fear of
having a stroke played no role in his decision to resign earlier this year, as
had been rumored.
The original German report is here;
Georg Ratzinger said that
the Pope's decision came after his return from Mexico in late March 2012. At
that time the doctors had discouraged him from travelling so far. But because
of World Youth Day in Brazil and a visit to the Philippines was possible "he
believed it was no longer to be the right thing to remain in office." The
demands on a Pope today are much greater than they were even 50 years ago.
"He must be in full possession of his powers, and cannot, as used to be
possible, to simply cut back."
to his brother Benedict XVI has nothing more to write. "His literary work
is completed, there will be no further publications," Ratzinger said
Ratzinger said his brother did not know his successor well before his election.
Francis was apparently a blank slate for. Benedict XVI. He never talked about
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, George Ratzinger said. "I think he did not know him
well, probably only slightly".
Ratzinger said his brother knows the new style which his successor has
introduced is unfamiliar to people and some may be preparing for trouble
because he does many things differently than before. On the question of whether
Benedict XVI welcomes the changes he said "He never really talks about it,
because he does not want there to be any possibility of him standing in the way
of his successor or to cause him difficulties or problems of any sort, but he
also appreciates him very much."
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