LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vatican prudently planned ahead

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“Papal secrets emerge after retirement announcement” (Briefly, Friday) asserts the news of the post-papacy lodgings for Pope Benedict have been under construction since at least last fall and “puts holes in the Holy See’s early claims that Benedict kept his decision to himself until he revealed it.” How so? Was it not prudent for the Vatican to make contingency plans while the pope pondered his decision? Perhaps he himself did not know the final decision until shortly before revealing it.

THOMAS PALUMBO

Alexandria

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