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Vatican aides deny Benedict XVI has nerve disease

February 15, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Vatican officials who work closely with Benedict XVI have denied reports that the former Pontiff is suffering from a progressive nerve disease. Yesterday a German weekly quoted the retired Pope’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, as saying that Benedict had a condition that was causing a spreading paralysis. Vatican officials contradicted that report, saying that the former Pope, who is now 90, has trouble walking only because of loss of strength in his legs. It was not clear whether Msgr. Ratzinger, who is 94, was misquoted, or misunderstood his brother’s condition.

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Feb. 15, 2018 11:20 PM ET USA

    In one sense it doesn’t matter: no matter how ill he may have been or would become, Benedict wouldn’t have inflicted on us the moral confusion and doctrinal slide that his successor has fostered.