Podcast: Why has Pope Benedict’s secretary disappeared from public events?
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell and I explain why Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal secretary and prefect of Pope Francis’ household, has been missing from public events in recent weeks. The Vatican said it was due to an “ordinary redistribution of his responsibilities,” but the timing seems to suggest it has to do with Archbishop Gänswein facilitating Benedict’s involvement in a recent controversial book on priestly celibacy. We explain what’s known and unknown about Archbishop Gänswein’s situation.
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Gerry and I also take a look at the Legionaries of Christ, who elected a new superior general last week. The new leader, the Rev. John Connor, will be tasked with the continuing reform of the order amid new allegations of past sexual abuse by Legionary priests, as well as the lingering financial questions about the order’s offshore holdings. On the show, we explain the basics of the Legionaries’ abuse and financial scandals and the challenges Father Connor will face.
Finally, we give brief updates on Pope Francis’ forthcoming document “Querida Amazonia” as well as the Vatican’s report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the pope’s upcoming trip to Malta.
Links from the show:
- Inside the Vatican: America’s Vatican correspondent explains Benedict’s book controversy
- Vatican seeks to explain absence of Archbishop Georg Gänswein after book scandal
- Graduate of Loyola University Chicago elected as Superior-General of the Legionaries of Christ
- 10 years after Vatican reform, Legionaries of Christ in new abuse crisis
- Legionaries of Christ report ‘chain of abuse’ as victims went on to abuse others
- Who knew what about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick?