A new documentary chronicling Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s papacy was to be released April 16. CNS file photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

Film explores Benedict’s papacy

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  • April 14, 2021

VATICAN CITY -- A documentary released on Benedict XVI’s 94th birthday states that his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, tried to dissuade him from abdicating the papacy.

Benedict XVI, the Pope Emeritus, directed by Andrés Garrigó, was to be released April 16 by Goya Productions. The film focuses on Benedict’s papacy and his time as prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“At that time he had to deal with such crises as Liberation Theology in its Marxist version with its affinity to guerrilla warfare, and the cases of pedophilia that were beginning to surface then. Elected in 2005, Benedict is faced with two immense tasks: defending Catholic doctrine from the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ on the outside and reforming the Church from within, starting with the confusing structure of Vatican finances,” the filmmaker stated.

The film discusses Gänswein’s attempt to dissuade the pope from abdicating, “to which the pope replied that he had prayed and there would be no going back ... as was the case,” the producer said.

Among those interviewed for the documentary are Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Julián Herranz Casado, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Archbishop Emeritus of Madrid, historians such as Bernard Ardura, Vaticanisti such as Aldo Maria Valli, Andrea Tornielli and Andrea Monda, and friends of Benedict, such as Réal Tremblay and Gabriele Kuby.

Via Catholic News Agency

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