Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who served as personal secretary to Pope Benedict XVI for eight years, described the news of the Pope Emeritus’ resignation in February as 'an amputation', reports The Tablet.
Archbishop Gänswein, who was by Benedict XVI’s side for the duration of his eight-year papacy, said: 'I gave blood for eight years,' the German weekly Die Zeit reported.
Shortly before he resigned, Benedict XVI made Gänswein head of the papal household and promoted him to archbishop. Pope Francis asked him to remain in office and Gänswein replied, 'If that is your wish, then I obediently accept it.'
'I must be honest with myself: accepting and coming to terms with my new role is painful,' he said.
Die Zeit said that Gänswein saw Pope Francis’ decision to live in the Domus Sancta Marthae guesthouse and not the papal apartments as an affront against his predecessor.
Benedict didn’t live in the papal apartments for egotistical reasons – he was also very modest, Gänswein said.