en.news Archbishop Gänswein has been filtering all information destined for Benedict XVI since the beginning of his pontificate, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó writes in LaVerita.info (January 16).
Viganó recalls how he once gave Gänswein documents regarding the corrupt management of the Pontifical Villas in preparation for an April 2011 audience with Benedict, but the documents never reached the pope.
The then Prefect of the Papal Household, Bishop James Harvey, told Viganó later: "Gänswein said to me: Bishop Viganò is the last person who can approach Pope Benedict!”
At the beginning of his pontificate, Benedict once pointed to Gänswein saying: "Gestapo! Gestapo!" Viganó writes.
He points at the determination with which Gänswein eliminated Benedict’s historic secretary Ingrid Stampa who had assisted Ratzinger for over a decade.
Later, Benedict often visited his previous particular secretary, Bishop Josef Clemens, inviting also Ingrid Stampa, in order to escape Gänswein’s control.
ZMIRAK: “I THINK THE ITALIAN POLICE SHOULD REMOVE BENEDICT, BECAUSE I DON’T THINK HE’S THERE OF HIS OWN FREE WILL, AND I WONDER IF HE RESIGNED OF HIS OWN FREE WILL” [Min 25:18]