Benedict's essay was written “absolutely on his own”, according to Archbishop Georg Gänswein
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Even if he had some editorial assistance, the position he's taking is staunchly opposed to the very ideology that forms the central core of Francis' left-wing views. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has, out of deference perhaps, stopped just short of saying Vatican Council II was a mistake, though that's clearly implied.

Maybe you're braver than I am, but I wouldn't want to take Benedict XVI on in a …More
Even if he had some editorial assistance, the position he's taking is staunchly opposed to the very ideology that forms the central core of Francis' left-wing views. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has, out of deference perhaps, stopped just short of saying Vatican Council II was a mistake, though that's clearly implied.

Maybe you're braver than I am, but I wouldn't want to take Benedict XVI on in a street-fight. Elderly martial artists are bad news. Those old guys don't fight fair, they're sneaky, very experienced and in Benedict's case there's a bigger problem. Even if you do start winning, the Archangel Michael will suddenly appear, step up and throw down for his home-boy. ... and nobody's gonna beat an angel God Himself designed as a combat model.
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Benedict's essay was written “absolutely on his own”, according to Archbishop Georg Gänswein

Of course. Who would ever doubt a statement coming from the land of prancing homos and sticky fingered banking practices?

I only wonder that between his karate training, Pilates and weight lifting, where does he find the time to write?!?