Bombshell from Vatican: Benedict and Francis “in complete disagreement”, “never talk to one another”

(ROME) – 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.” Englisch concluded his dramatic remarks with a remarkable statement: that, in addition to the pressure put upon the Pope Emeritus to resign, “different ecclesiastical forces” are putting pressure on Ratzinger in a different direction: “to return.”

Translated from the German with the aid of Google Translate. 

For the full text of Nardi’s report, reprinted from, click here

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2 comments on “Bombshell from Vatican: Benedict and Francis “in complete disagreement”, “never talk to one another”

  1. How would putting pressure on the pope to return to his former self work here? I could’ve sworn I read sometime ago that +Benedict stated Francis IS the pope.

  2. Uh-huh, so what? There is only one Ultimate Judge of every human being and that is Our Lord and Saviour. These persons running the Church here on earth are only kidding themselves. Who cares whether Ratzinger and Bergoglio like each other? What we ought to be asking is: Do either of them like Our Lord and Saviour enough to restore Catholicism to its true foundation? Indeed, ever since 1962, the year of that despicable Council, we have been treated to every manner of cleric speaking the most horrendous heresies in terms of doctrine and dogma that the Church has ever known. That will, of course, come to a screeching halt when Our Lord lowers the boom which I suspect is not too far off.

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