Francis Wants Ratzinger's Money

Archbishop Gänswein’s January 9 audience with Francis was less about Gänswein's memoirs, and more about the fact that Francis wanted Benedict’s money, reports (February 7).

Benedict has named Gänswein as the “sole designated heir.” The legacy consists mainly in large revenues from the rights to the many Ratzinger books. Some of which have sold millions of copies. This money is channelled into the Ratzinger Foundation.

But Francis told Gänswein that the patrimony belonged to the Holy See. The rigid Francis is said to have even warned Gänswein of the risk of “excommunication for revealing Church secrets” including conclave secrets.

Since then, Gänswein has not spoken in public.