Hmm, apparently Pope Francis is turning to Pope Emeritus for critiques:
— The man who serves two popes has revealed that retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote four pages of critique and commentary on Pope Francis’s landmark interview in which he blasted the church’s obsession with “small-minded” rules.
Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, Benedict’s personal secretary and head of Francis’ papal household, told German broadcaster ZDF that Francis had solicited Benedict’s input on the interview, which was published in September in 16 Jesuit journals around the globe and helped define Francis’ agenda.
The Jesuit priest who conducted the interview, the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, said Tuesday that he gave the first printed copy of the interview to Francis on the day it was published. Francis gave that version to Benedict to critique, Spadaro told The Associated Press.
Though Benedict’s comments had no impact on the published article, the revelation is further evidence of the remarkable and unprecedented collaboration between the two popes, who stay in touch by phone, in person and by sending notes back and forth across the Vatican gardens via Gaenswein.
Go here to read the rest. A Pope can turn to whoever he pleases for help, but PopeWatch believes this is a very bad idea. We have popes one at a time, and having a living Pope and a retired Pope strains that concept. Far better had the Pope Emeritus gone to a monastery as far from the Vatican as possible, and spent the rest of his life “By the world forgetting, and by the world forgot.” Some precedents are being established now that are likely to serve the Church ill in the future.