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Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, enters the hall at the Synod on the Family in October 2015.Patrick Craine / LifeSiteNews

‘I left very happy, full of peace and courage from this lovely meeting,’ said Cardinal Robert Sarah.

By Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews, Jan 17, 2020

January 17, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In a series of three tweets today, Cardinal Robert Sarah attempted to settle once and for all the controversy that has swirled around his and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s co-authorship of a book on priestly celibacy.

Some had accused Sarah of manipulating Pope Benedict, said that Benedict was not really a co-author of “From the Depths of Our Hearts” (De Profondeurs de nos cœurs), and said that the Pope Emeritus’ name did not actually belong on the cover.

The fire of controversy seemed destined to become a full-fledged conflagration when Antonio Socci, an Italian Catholic journalist, reported on social media that Pope Francis was infuriated with Pope Benedict’s involvement with the book.

“The end of the world broke out in the Vatican because Bergoglio was furious,” wrote Socci.

In his three tweets composed in French, Cardinal Sarah attempted to extinguish the fire.

“Because of incessant arguments, naysayers, and deceptive controversies which have not stopped since the beginning of the week, concerning the book ‘From the depths of our hearts,’ I met tonight with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.” ….

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