SOME THEOLOGIANS WON'T LIKE THIS: I AM NOT A THEOLOGIAN--POPE FRANCIS' IN FLIGHT INTERVIEW!
FRANCIS ON THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM KOREA TO ROME
Pope Francis also speaks again of his close collaboration with Pope Benedict:
Francis’ relationship with Benedict XVI
“We see each other. I visited him before I left for Korea. He sent me a text two weeks ago which he wanted my opinion on. We have a normal relationship. Because I don’t think the Pope Emeritus is an exception and perhaps certain theologians don’t like this, but I am not a theologian. I think the Pope Emeritus is already an institution because we do get old and when one reaches a certain age, one does not have the strength to govern well because the body is too tired ... One’s health may be good but there is no longer the ability to take on all the problems that come with governing the Church. If I didn’t feel I was able to carry on I would do the same. I will pray but think I would do the same. We are brothers and I have already said that because of his wisdom it is like having my grandfather with me. He is a man of wisdom. Speaking to him does me good. And he gives me quite a bit of encouragement.”