Vatican City, Mar 1, 2021 / 02:30 am
Benedict XVI addressed conspiracy theories about his resignation as pope, Pope Francis' trip to Iraq, and Joe Biden in an interview with an Italian newspaper published on Monday.
The pope emeritus told Corriere della Sera that he stood by his decision despite criticism from his friends in an interview released on March 1, a day after the eighth anniversary of the end of his pontificate.
"It was a difficult decision. But I made it in full consciousness, and I think I did the right thing," the 93-year-old former pope told the journalist Massimo Franco during a private visit.
"Some of my friends who are a bit 'fanatical' are still angry, they didn't want to accept my choice. I think of the conspiracy theories that followed it: some said it was because of the Vatileaks scandal, some said it was because of a conspiracy of the gay lobby, some said it was because of the case of the conservative Lefebvrian theologian Richard Williamson."