From The Vatican: Pope Francis And Benedict “Never Talk To One Another"
Full title: Explosive Report From The Vatican: Pope Francis And Benedict “Never Talk To One Another”

From The Gateway Pundit:

"Many conservatives in America and around the world are at odds with Pope Francis’ Leftist politics. It appears his predecessor, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, is not a fan of the current Pope’s strong personality.

Translated from a German report by

    Speaking at a March 16th conference in Limburg, Germany, the long-time Vatican correspondent Andreas Englisch has delivered an explosive allegation: In contradiction of public appearances, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “are in complete disagreement” and “never speak to one another.” The Pope Emeritus has apparently stated that he only appears in public “at the explicit request of Pope Francis.” What is shown on these occasions, Englisch continues, is “only the pretense of friendship.”

    No official transcript of the press conference is yet available, but Giuseppe Nardi, another well-known Vaticanist who was in attendance, says that Englisch continued his statements by describing Pope Francis as a “strong personality” who “gets what he wants,” and that he has little in common with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI but “uses him when necessary for the optics.”"

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If true, it shows a surprising degree of cunning on the part of the Holy Father, and it really casts the Pope Emeritus in a humiliating light. Just think of it: Benedict went from being the Successor of the Prince of the Apostles to a mere prop, virtually a hostage in the Vatican Gardens, trotted out on demand for the sake of publicity and "optics," his wisdom and counsel completely unsought and unheeded. The more I learn about the political machinations within the human element of the Church, the more impressed I am with the Holy Father's gifts.

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