Benedict's Brother Says Pope Emeritus Has No Regrets

Says Decision of a Year Ago Was Clear and Continues Today

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Georg Ratzinger says his brother does not regret at all the decision to resign from the papacy, a decision that was publicly announced one year ago today.

A reporter from Spain’s «La Razon» newspaper spoke with Monsignor Ratzinger by telephone.

The monsignor, who is 90, reported that Benedict XVI is “in a good state of health; he tries to be peaceful although he does not have as much time as he would like to play the piano and to answer telephone calls, because he still has many visits and audiences,” he explained.

Monsignor Ratzinger assured that Benedict XVI continues with his theology studies but did not confirm the possibility that he is writing Memoirs. “I cannot confirm it; moreover, books already exist that recount amply my brother’s life, so that the essence of his work is already contained in those works.”

On asking Monsignor Ratzinger about the first anniversary of the renunciation and the reflections made during these months, he said: “My brother doesn’t regret at all the decision he made a year ago. He is very clear about the tasks and functions he wishes to carry out and what happened a year ago was a clear decision which continues to be valid today.” 

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