Benedict's resignation 'tactical'14 March 2013
Gianluigi Nuzzi, the investigative journalist behinds the "VatiLeaks" revelations, has claimed that Pope Benedict XVI resigned not primarily for health reasons, but for "tactical" reasons to do with the reform of the Roman Curia.
To think that Pope Benedict had resigned because he no longer felt physically able to exercise the Petrine ministry was a "fairytale", Nuzzi told the German online daily taz.de in Rome.
"It is above all the curia and its system of power but also to a certain extent tactics that are responsible for Benedict's decision. All the high brass in the curia lost their jobs in one clean sweep when the Pope resigned. With his decision to resign the Pope cleared the decks, thus giving his successor the chance to start anew," Nuzzi said.
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