An interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was just released by the Corriere Italian publication. In the interview the retired Pope explains, "There are not two Popes."
It has been 8 years since the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy on Feb. 28, 2013.
The Emeritus says, “It was a painful decision, but I think I did well. My conscience is clear. "
The article written by Massimo Franco, covers the visit that the editor of Corriere della Sera, Luciano Fontana made to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery where Benedict XVI now resides.
The retired Pope says, "There are no two Popes. The Pope is only one…"
Vatican News provided a translation of excerpts of the article:
“It was a difficult decision,” explains the Pope Emeritus, "but I made it in full conscience, and I believe I did well. Some of my friends who are a bit ‘fanatical’ are still angry; they did not want to accept my choice. I am thinking about the conspiracy theories which followed it: those who said it was because of the Vatileaks scandal, those who said it was because of the case of the conservative Lefebvrian theologian, Richard Williamson. They did not want to believe it was a conscious decision, but my conscience is clear.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has already been vaccinated, he received the first dose and then he was given the second, like Monsignor Gaenswein and most of the inhabitants of the Vatican City. He notes, " I will accompany Francis with my prayer" regarding the trip to Iraq.
On US President Joseph Biden, the 2nd Catholic president after John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Benedict XVI expressed some reservations.
The Pope Emeritus said, "It is true, he is Catholic and observant. And he personally is against abortion." "But as president, he tends to present himself in continuity with the line of the Democratic Party ... And on gender politics we have not yet fully understood what his position is...."