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After Resignation, Media Speculates Over Pope’s Orientation,

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Mar 1, 2013

Rumors about Pope Benedict XVI's sexual orientation have resurfaced on the day of his resignation after gay Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan wrote a controversial piece for the Dish.

It was announced on Thursday that Benedict, 85, will not return to Germany for retirement and will continue to live in the Vatican with his longtime handsome secretary/companion Archbishop Georg Gänswein, 56. In Sullivan's article, which is titled "Two Popes, One Secretary," the blogger speculates over the odd living arrangements.

"So Benedict's handsome male companion will continue to live with him, while working for the other Pope during the day," Sullivan wrote. "Are we supposed to think that's, well, a normal arrangement?"

The Italian media has called Gänswein "Gorgeous Georg" and he's been featured on the cover of Italian Vogue, New York Daily News points out.

In past writings, Sullivan said that it was "obvious" that "the current Pope is a gay man" who has not "explored his sexuality, or has violated his own strictures on the matter." But after Benedict's new living arrangements were revealed, it only added fuel to Sullivan's fire.

"This man - clearly in some kind of love with Ratzinger (and vice-versa) will now be working for the new Pope as secretary in the day and spending the nights with the Pope Emeritus," Sullivan wrote. "This is not the Vatican. It's Melrose Place."

The Business Insider, which reported on the Sullivan's piece, wrote, "Sullivan isn't exactly alone in his suspicions. He points towards a book by Angelo Quattrocchi (playfully titled 'The Pope is Not Gay') that he felt reached similar conclusions. In addition, former Benedictine monk-priest and author Richard Sipe claims to have spoken to a number of Roman clerics and members of the Roman press corps who were 'convinced' that Benedict XVI was gay.

"Of course, it doesn't help the rumors that Gänswein has become something of a star in his own right," the newspaper continues. "He's been dubbed the 'The George Clooney of the Vatican,' and appeared on the cover of the Italian Vanity Fair under the headline 'It's no sin to be good looking.' Donatella Versace has even dedicated a menswear collection to him."

Gawker got in on the speculation as well and even called Gänswein Benedict's boyfriend.

"In a twist some have found odd, Gänswein will keep his position as head of the new pope's household. Who will he have breakfast with? Where will naptime occur? Do you even want to be my roommate? I feel like I never see you anymore. Oh, the fights they'll have," Gawker writes.

These rumors come just days after the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica alleged that the reason why Benedict was resigning (the first pope to do so in 600 years) wasn't because of health issues, which the Catholic leader cited as his reason for calling it quits, but because of a secret "gay lobby" within the Vatican.

According to the publication, a 300-page report by three cardinals claim Benedict was under the influence of several lobbies within the Holy See, including a gay lobby.


  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-03-01 11:41:35

    Catholic parishioners must be the dumbest sheep alive.

  • , 2013-03-01 12:12:56

    He is old & tired & never suited for the job. Gänswein will continue with Benedict but the new pope will have his own sec’y. Two seperate households not connected.

  • sjenner, 2013-03-01 19:37:35

    Oh Jed, I must presume you’re not Catholic. The Catholic life is much deeper than just the hierarchy. It’s history, family and identity (think Irish Catholic, English Catholic, Italian, Slovak or Polish). It’s an indemic part of self. It’s the story of generations, struggles and success. So it ain’t so simple. And to just walk away cuts deep. It’s cutting out a part of yourself. So I would invite you to rethink your somewhat shallow and onsulting comment.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-03-01 21:16:07

    its a fuckin’ hypocracy and a joke. I spent 25 years in that cult and I gave up being Catholic for lent and never looked back... So you know where you can insert your "shallow and onsulting".

  • WayGay, 2013-03-01 23:07:05

    Seriously? He’s a ROMAN CATHOLIC priest. What do they need to find a Cher CD under his robes to confirm it?

  • Kristi_Loves_Jesus , 2013-03-02 01:17:27

    Well, it’s quite obvious that none of you, the writer of the article included, are not devout Roman Catholics!! Otherwise you wouldn’t be Catholic-bashing and Pope-bashing!! In fact, if any of you truly loved Jesus, you wouldn’t Catholic-bash and Pope-bash!! I am guessing that you are all in favor of homosexual activity. For the record, the Holy Catholic Church does not condemn homosexuals themselves!! There are a lot of homosexuals who never participate in the act and there are also a lot of homosexuals who used to participate in the act and now do not because they have given up that lifestyle and God bless them for it!! The Holy Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is a temptation and homosexual activity is a grave sin and maybe even mortal. Homosexuals are called to lives of chastity, just like everyone else!!

  • Bob K, 2013-03-02 02:08:02

    THE STUPIDEST, RUDEST, AND MOST INAPPROPRIATE COMMENT I HAVE READ ANYWHERE IN THE PAST WEEK -- by Kristi --"I am guessing that you are all in favor of homosexual activity" Gee, it’s a Gay blog, did you expect us to be interested in your phony church over ourselves?

  • Michelle, 2013-03-02 08:59:30

    Kristi, you don’t have to be catholic to believe in Jesus. I heard the hate in your post for homosexuals, so my question(s) is this...1) Why are you commenting on a story that is on a LGBT site? And 2) Why are you passing judgment on us if you are a believer in Christ? Didn’t he love everybody. I love how straight people ( especially religious ones) try to tell gays that our being LGBT is a choice, as if they themselves have choice. God made us this way, and Jesus loves us no matter what a hateful catholic says.

  • sjenner, 2013-03-02 13:09:18

    Oh Jed, I’m not commenting on your life or the difficult choices you’ve had to make. But your tone and comments simply aren’t appropriate. I may make the decision to leave the Church. This next papal election may seal it. But that you’ve made that decision doesn’t suddenly make everyone else a binch of sheep or your inferiors

  • sjenner, 2013-03-02 13:21:52

    Kristi, you’re unlikely to find many here who subscribe to the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. It’s not only inhuman, but it also stands in defiance of the very nature God gave LGBT. We’re not mistakes or exhibit A in the "Fall." Further, especially Ratzinger’s opinion on our nature verges on heresy, in claiming that gay people are innately disordered and strongly ordered to evil. That’s called predestination--that God has creates people to be damned--which was condemned by two Popes in formal Bull, ex cathedra. So I would suggest the modern Church needs to understand her own theology and begin preaching from a position of humility, recognizing the awesome scope of God’s creation and the dignity to which we’re all entitled as those made in His image.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-03-03 08:46:25

    You must’ve misunderstood, I didn’t say I was superior to anyone and I didn’t call everyone sheep...I called YOU a sheep.

  • WayGay, 2013-03-03 16:48:52

    What Kristy doesn’t realize is that the pope is like any other CEO of a corporation. And his board of directors just dismissed him. Poor Kristy, she either doesn’t have the wherewithal to understand that posting anti-gay comments on a gay website is a waste of her time, or she is naive enough to think her devotion to the catholic magic show matters to anyone but her.

  • fleebness, 2013-03-04 09:13:00

    Or Kristi is a lazy troll. I say ’lazy’ because it’s easy to troll gay web sites with that kind of material.

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