Agence France-Presse reports:
Retired former pope Benedict XVI sought to calm a dispute within the Vatican on Tuesday, claiming his name was erroneously attributed as co-author to a new book with a conservative cardinal.
Publication of extracts from the book, “The Depth of our Hearts,” by French newspaper Le Figaro on Sunday set off a storm within the Vatican, with some questioning why the 92-year-old Benedict would come out of retirement to co-author a book with ultra-conservative Cardinal Robert Sarah.
In the book, which will hit bookshelves in France on Wednesday, Benedict is quoted as saying he “cannot keep silent” about the divisive issue of whether or not to allow married men to become Catholic priests — and coming down firmly against it.
Cardinal Sarah is standing by the book and has tweeted images of a letter from Benedict.
Des attaques semblent insinuer un mensonge de ma part. Ces diffamations sont d’une gravité exceptionnelle. Je donne dès ce soir les premières preuves de ma proche collaboration avec Benoît XVI pour écrire ce texte en faveur du célibat. Je m’exprimerai demain si nécessaire. +RS pic.twitter.com/L8Q6NmkXKE
— Cardinal R. Sarah (@Card_R_Sarah) January 13, 2020
No one is doubting that Benedict agrees with the premise of the book – to retain clerical celibacy for the Latin rite priesthood – the question is the use of a retired Pope’s authority to make the point…
— Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) January 14, 2020