It is so very very peculiar. Why is the Vatican so concerned to shore up Pope Francis' academic qualifications in the first place? Who is raising the concerns in the second place? And why was Pope Benedict's letter wrongly used to do this in the third place?
Is there a behind the scenes attempt to correct the pope? And in high places? And is the section of Pope Benedict's letter removed by the Vatican a critique in any way of the current papal Magisterium which is so highly endorsed by two authors who are so opposed to Pope Benedict and St. John Paul II?
I happen to believe, contrary to what Andrea Tornielli writes below from La Stampa, that Pope Benedict, in a letter marked personal and confidential, is showing his complete disdain to Msgr. Vigano for even suggesting that Pope Benedict write an endorsement of the 11 volumes. There appears to me to be an ironic sarcasm when Pope Benedict writes that it is wrong to say that Pope Francis having pastoral skills has no academic credentials and Pope Benedict who has academic credentials has no pastoral skills.
The thing Pope Benedict sarcastically is saying is that he, Pope Benedict, has pastoral skills and his academic skills are in no way questioned. It is Pope Francis academic skills that are questioned here!
And then there is this: Pope Francis very, very peculiar apology to his native Argentina for His Holiness' offensive gestures which you can puzzle about HERE. Is this in any connected to all this Vatican fake apologia for His Holiness?
This is from the Vatican Insider of LaStampa's newspaper, a secular Italian paper and Andrea Tornielli normally very supportive of the current Vatican direction: