Ratzinger may no longer be Pope, but he gets to keep his handsome toy boy

EX-Pope Benedict XVI may have left the Vatican up shit creek as far as it’s possible to get, but he’s made damned sure that he hasn’t departed without a few perks – including having his looks-to-die-for secretary keep him company at night.

Georg Gänswein adjusts Ratzinger's cloak during the weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square on September 26, 2012 in the Vatican. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Beauty and the beast: Georg Gänswein adjusts Ratzinger’s cloak during the weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square on September 26, 2012. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

According to gay Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan, Ratzinger’s handsome male companion – Monsignor Georg Gänswein:

Will continue to live with him, while working for the other Pope during the day. Are we supposed to think that’s, well, a normal arrangement?

Sullivan pointed out that Ratzinger claimed that his almost unprecedented resignation came about simply because of his physical infirmity in the face of what appears to be a growing vortex of sexual and financial scandal inside the Vatican. He said he would quietly disappear to serve the church through prayer and meditation.

But we now realize he’s going nowhere. He’s staying in the Vatican’s walls, and retaining the honorific “His Holiness.” He will keep white robes. His full title will be Pope Emeritus. Far from wearing clerical black, returning to the title of Bishop of Rome, and disappearing into a monastery in Bavaria, he’s going to be a shadow Pope in the Vatican.

And this, we are told, was his decision The Vatican spokesman, the Rev Federico Lombardi, said Benedict himself had made the decision in consultation with others, settling on “Your Holiness Benedict XVI” and either emeritus pope or emeritus Roman pontiff.

Lombardi said he didn’t know why Benedict had decided to drop his other main title: bishop of Rome.

Sullivan added:

If you were trying to avoid any hint of meddling, of a Deng Xiao Peng-type figure pulling strings behind the scenes, you would not be doing this. The only thing the Pope will give up, apparently, are his red Prada shoes. He has some fabulous brown leather artisanal ones to replace them.

But this is what really made me sit up straight, so to speak: Benedict’s trusted secretary, Monsignor Georg Gänswein, will be serving both pontiffs — living with Benedict at the monastery inside the Vatican and keeping his day job as prefect of the new pope’s household.

Asked about the potential conflicts, Lombardi was defensive, saying the decisions had been clearly reasoned and were likely chosen for the sake of simplicity. “I believe it was well thought out,” he said.Gänswein is remarkably handsome, a cross between George Clooney and Hugh Grant, but, in a way, more beautiful than either.

Sullivan concluded:

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. This is not the Vatican. It’s Melrose Place.

Just for a giggle, see Pope Benedict comes out as gay.