Cardinal Bertone in a recent interview made some candid remarks. Bertone knew in advance Benedict XVI was going to resign and Francis would replace him. Does Bertone have a crystal ball or was everything planned out in detail before it happened?
Asked if he was surprised by Benedict XVI’s resignation, the cardinal said: “I had guessed it, but put it out my thoughts. I knew long in advance, at least seven months before. And I had many doubts. We debated the topic at length after it seemed already decided. I told him: Holy Father, you must bestow upon us the third volume on Jesus of Nazareth and the encyclical of faith, before you sign things over to Pope Francis.”