Well, this is interesting:
The Italian daily Corriere della Sera, which has acquired the rights to publish excerpts from the book, offered a preview in a July 1 article that disclosed:
- Pope Benedict recognized the presence of a “gay lobby” at the Vatican during his pontificate. He says that only four or five people were involved, and believes that he defeated their efforts to influence Vatican policy.
- The former Pontiff realizes that he lacked the firmness required to govern effectively. He confirms that, while working under St. John Paul II, he submitted his resignation several times, only to stay on at that Pontiff’s request.
- No one pressured Pope Benedict to resign, and very few people knew of his plan to step down until he made his historic public announcement.
- He was surprised by the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, having expected one of several other cardinals to be chosen as his successor. But his second reaction to the election was joy, because of his high regard for the Argentine prelate.
- He kept a diary throughout his pontificate, but plans to destroy it, although he recognizes that historians would see it as a “golden opportunity.” (Interestingly, the former Pope indicates that he had not yet destroyed the diary, at least at the time of the interview.)