Gaenswein’s future has been the topic of a lot hypothesis following Benedict’s demise and the publication of “Nothing However the Reality: My Life Beside Pope Benedict XVI.” Within the memoir, Gaenswein charted his practically 30 years working with Benedict, but additionally settled outdated scores, revealed palace intrigues and detailed a number of the unhealthy blood that accrued in the course of the decade through which Benedict lived as a retired pope alongside Francis.
Printed in the course of the emotional interval round Benedict’s Jan. 5 funeral, the e book got here to encapsulate the conservative criticism that has been directed at Francis and his extra progressive bent by individuals nostalgic for Benedict’s doctrinaire papacy.
Chatting with Sky TG24 Sunday after celebrating Mass at a Rome-area church, Gaenswein acknowledged his e book had raised eyebrows each for its content material and the timing of its publication.
“There are and can be criticisms,” he mentioned. “And I’ve to dwell with the criticisms.”
He mentioned that he welcomed well-founded criticism.
“If the criticisms aren’t well-founded, however are criticisms from prejudice or different unfounded motives, I’ve to simply accept them, however I can’t take them critically. True criticism I settle for and I study from,” he mentioned.
He spoke to Sky at Santa Maria Consolatrice, which was the titular church of Benedict when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. After the Mass, a plaque honoring the late pope was unveiled.
In an interview with The Related Press on Jan. 24, Francis responded to Gaenswein’s critiques, and people of different conservatives, by saying they had been pure after 10 years and proved that the prelates felt free to talk.