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Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Thursday, February 21, 2013

Benedict doesn't trust the Curia

Pope Benedict XVI is considering bringing forward the conclave to elect the next pope, according to spokesman for the Vatican Federico Lombardi. The announcement made on Wednesday is further proof that Benedict's fear of a power struggle in the Curia was the true reason for his resignation, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes: "The power struggles within the curia are no dark legend but a fact. This is about more than just rivalry between different groups within the Church, as Vati-leaks has shown. … The revelations have opened the Pope's eyes to the situation: the Curia is too divided for him to grow old peacefully in its shadow, because it lunges for power when the pope is weakened, as was the case at the end of John Paul II's papacy. Although Benedict is resigning because he lacks the energy to continue, with this step he has also stripped the curia of its power and protected the Church from falling under the control of an institution that doesn't really seem to have the Church's best interests at heart."

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