According to an archbishop that is close to Pope Benedict XVI, the former pope faced “tremendous pressure” from former President Barack Obama to resign in 2013.
“It is no coincidence that in America, even on the basis of what has been published by Wikileaks, some Catholic groups have asked President Trump to open a commission of inquiry to investigate whether the administration of Barack Obama exerted pressure on Benedict,” Archbishop Emeritus Luigi Negri said in an interview with Rimini 2.0, as translated by LifeSiteNews.
“It remains shrouded in mystery for now, but I am sure that those responsible will be found out,” he added.
Negri was referring to a letter that was written by a group of American Catholics to President Trump two months ago, in which they criticized the Obama administration for interfering “inappropriately into the affairs of the Catholic Church.”
“Specifically, we have reason to believe that a Vatican “regime change” was engineered by the Obama administration,” they wrote.
When Benedict resigned, he blamed his failing “strength of mind and body” and “incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted”
No one turned to Obama, but new reports are suggesting that he may have played a larger role in Benedict’s decision.