Benedict wants name removed as book's co-author

Benedict XVI

At the request of retired Pope Benedict XVI, his name will be removed as co-author of a book defending priestly celibacy, Cardinal Robert Sarah said. Source: CNS.

By Cindy Wooden, CNS.

“Considering the polemics provoked by the publication of the book, From the Depths of Our Hearts, it has been decided that the author of the book for future editions will be Cardinal Sarah, with the contribution of Benedict XVI,” Cardinal Sarah tweeted yesterday. “However,” he said, “the full text remains absolutely unchanged.”

The tweeted announcement came only a few hours after Cardinal Sarah had issued a formal statement accusing people of slandering him by saying that while Pope Benedict may have contributed notes or an essay to the book, he was not co-author of it.

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, personal secretary to Pope Benedict, phoned several German news agencies and spoke with the Reuters news agency yesterday, saying the retired pope had requested that his name be removed as co-author of the book, its introduction and its conclusion. The archbishop confirmed that the book’s first chapter, attributed to Pope Benedict, was the work of the retired pope.

Since marriage and priesthood both demand the total devotion and self-giving of a man to his vocation, “it does not seem possible to realise both vocations simultaneously,” Pope Benedict wrote in his essay.

The French newspaper Le Figaro published excerpts of the book ln Sunday and, almost immediately, some people began questioning how much of the work was written by the 92-year-Benedict.

The introduction and conclusion were attributed jointly to the retired pope and to Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments; the book has two other chapters, one attributed to each of them alone.

The book was to be published today in French and in English on February 20 by Ignatius Press.

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Retired pope wants his name removed as co-author of book on celibacy (CNS)

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