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.

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

  1. Broga says:

    Ratzinger has made sure he leaves with lots of perks. Shame about the red shoes. The dopey crowds may gather in Rome, including these doting nuns with their gushing simpers, but educated RCs are putting the boot in. The new man should have a great time with Ratzi sitting there, like a vindictive gargoyle, providing an alternative power base. In passing, the BBC has deluged us with RC propaganda to such an extent that it has been impossible to switch on a news programme without hearing sycophantic comments about Ratzi.

  2. tony e says:

    Apparently he was disappointed that Gänswein was appointed to be his secretary. He had rather hoped that Cardinal O’Brien would have been ‘slotted’ into that post…………..

  3. ZombieHunter says:

    His last gig and he didn’t even stage dive 😛

  4. Broga says:

    @tony e: Ah well. On every life a little rain must fall. I would like to know what is going on in the O’Brien domicile at the moment. The nuggets of information about his reign keep appearing and they are not pretty. I had no idea these young priests had such a fun time with all that booze which, as one of them said, led to everyone become more “tactile.” Whatever could that mean? God seems not to figure in this. Could their study of religion have led, inevitably, to unbelief?

  5. tony e says:


    ‘Could their study of religion have led, inevitably, to unbelief?’

    I agree, I don’t think for one second that the hierarchy of any religion actually believes the shit they spout.

    Asimov nailed it when he said “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”

  6. AgentCormac says:

    And here’s an interesting insight into the neurotic, secretive, highly political shenanigans that go on behind the scenes when a bunch of child-molesting paedophile apologists get to vote on who will delude the world’s billion catholics for the next few years.

    Is it just me, or would you have thought that if there really was a god the RCC wouldn’t need all this crap? Surely god would just tell them who to elect. And being infallible, you’d have thought god would make it somebody who was up to the job.

    Hey-ho. Yet more proof that there isn’t a sky fairy after all.

  7. AgentCormac says:

    Apparently Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (whoever that brain-dead individual is) has sealed off Ratty’s old apartment in the vatican and it will not be reopened until a new pope is elected. The reason for ‘taking possession of the Apostolic Palace’ and ‘safeguarding and administering the goods and temporal rights of the Holy See’ until the election of a new pope is the ‘safeguarding and administering the goods and temporal rights of the Holy See’.

    Well, that’s cleared that one up, then. A sweep of the vatican for papal dodgy stuff and a discreet burning of anything that could land Ratty in court.

  8. Broga says:

    The Cardinals are now running around like rats in a pit being chased by a terrior. Their problem is, in general, two fold: the first is that there are too many leaks to stop up all the holes; the second is that Ratzinger is going to hang on to his privileges with all the speculation that is attracting. Ratzinger, an ego maniac with the vanity to match, is never going to reconcile himself to not being the the centre of the RC world. He loved the endless trips, the embroidered frocks, the big hats, the Gucci shoes but most of all the adulation. He is addicted to it.

  9. barriejohn says:

    A temporary pope has been installed until such time as the cardinals can make up their minds on a permanent replacement.

  10. Broga says:

    Another sign that the world is changing for the Vatican is that criticism of the RC Church is no longer confined to “militant secularists”. What would previously have been censored as unacceptibly scurrilous is now appearing in the mainstream media. While that bunch of cardinals may try to behave, and believe, as if the old ways are continuing the scandal sweeping around them has reached tsunami proportions.

    And a devastating development is that the previously sacred church and Holy Father etc have become figures of fun. With Gorgeous George, the booze and sex of student priests and the entertainment provided by stories of cardinals’ sexual activities the jokes flow unabated. When they are objects of ridicule, the butt (sorry!) of endless jokes and the subjects of pub wit they have lost all claim to be taken seriously. Communist regimes came down savagely on comedians or cartoonist who made fun of them. They knew what they were doing. They knew what really eroded their power.

  11. Matt Westwood says:

    @barriejohn: Put it down to the fact that I’m exhausted from driving 200 miles and sitting at someone’s hospital bedside all day, but I initially read that link as being from the Daily Mail. Epic fash.

  12. barriejohn says:

    Matt: I think many of us have reached the stage where we’d believe almost anything we read about the Catholic Church. This is most certainly believeable:

  13. T says:

    This is the inhuman nastiness the pope and the rcc actively promote and encourage… …