Pope Benedict Gay? Georg Gaenswein Relationship Sparks Rumors in Vatican

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Andrew Sullivan, a prominent Catholic and columnist for The Dish and other publications, suggests that the outgoing Pope Benedict may be secretly gay.

The comment stemmed from the recent announcement that Benedict will not go into hidden retirement but will instead continue living in the Vatican.

Pope Benedict, Georg Gaenswein

Sullivan, himself openly gay, speculates that Pope Benedict's relationship with secretary Archbishop Georg Gaenswein is the impetus behind that.

In a post titled, "Two Popes, One Secretary," writes that "something truly weird is going on" between Benedict and Gaenswein, a.k.a. "Gorgeous Georg."

Gaenswein was recently featured on the cover of Italian Vanity Fair, which titled its piece on the Pope's confidant: "Father Georg - It's not a sin to be beautiful."

"So Pope Benedict’s handsome male companion will continue to live with him, while working for the other Pope during the day," Sullivan writes.

"Are we supposed to think that’s, well, a normal arrangement?"

Clearly, Sullivan does not, and he's probably not the only one.

Sullivan says it "seems pretty obvious" that Benedict "is a gay man," albeit one who has not "explored his sexuality, or has violated his own strictures on the matter."

Detailing the close relationship between His Holiness and his right-hand man, Sullivan cites Colm Toibin's review of Angelo Quattrocchi's book The Pope Is Not Gay.

Georg Gaenswein Photo

Asked in the book if he felt nervous in the presence of Benedict, who officially stepped down this week, Ganswein replied that he sometimes did, noting:

"But it is also true that the fact of meeting each other and being together on a daily basis creates a sense of 'familiarity,' which makes you feel less nervous."

"Obviously I know who the Holy Father is and I know how to behave appropriately. There are always some situations, however, when the heart beats a little stronger than usual."

Gaenswein's proposed living arrangement is just more proof for Sullivan that the now-retired, 85-year-old pope is, in act, a closeted homosexual.

"This man - clearly in some kind of love with Ratzinger (and vice-versa) will be working for the new Pope as secretary in the day and spending the nights with the Pope Emeritus," he writes.

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

Sullivan's column is more grist for the Vatican gay rumor mill, coming on the heels of allegations regarding the reasons for Pope Benedict's resignation.

Italy's La Repubblica alleges the existence of a damning internal document citeing powerful lobbying influences within the Vatican, including a gay lobby.

La Repubblica also suggests that a gay underground network organizes sexual meetings of members at venues across Rome and Vatican City.


The Roman Catholic Church has become, to a large extent, a sort of gay infertility cult. Maybe it always has been like that, but it certainly is now. Not all priests and bishops are gay, but they mostly have to tolerate homosexuality in the clerical ranks, if the R.C.C. is to function at all. There is no longer anything particularly supernatural about the Roman Catholic Church. It abandoned Catholic spirituality and standards with the baneful implementation of the Second Vatican Council's conciliar documents. I believe in the Catholic Faith, but one has to look to the Eastern Orthodox Church for a truly Catholic Church. At least, in the R.C.C. ranks, there is the Byzantine Catholic rite, but Byzantine Catholics also have to toe the R.C.C. Church's gay line and perverse discipline. What a mess!


As for the Archbishop it's a shame that people can't be good-looking with out someone casting aspersions. Let him alone so he can do his job.
Leave it to the media with their filthy suggestions. This is character assisination for both holy men. God bless you. Archbishop


This is the most infamous suggestion I have ever heard. You forget that these men have made vows of celebacy. and to even hint at this is downright nasty. This realationship is more father and son to me. Jesus loved His apostles. What's wrong with you? Disgusting.


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It's obvious that Benedict and Gänswein love each other. You can watch a certain tenderness and homoerotic tendencies between them. Most of the people in our modern, superficial society, however, cannot even imagine and feel love and eros that are based upon anything else but sexuality. Sure, the pope didn't know enough answers to the urgent question of society (does any cleric now?), but why the hate? There must be another reason...


The one writing this is a prominent catholic?
How about the commandment of not telling lies about others? Unless he has really met them and can speak of what he saw.
A shame! Being gay himself how does he dare to speculate with other's sexuality

@ dodo

meeting someone is never going to tell you what people do behind closed doors-and sadly there has been a horrific amount of hypocrisy, abuse, pedophilea, cronyism and worse within the Vatican and the whole of the administration of the RCC.


I knew he was a punk bitch faggot! ISLAM dont accept homos and faggots in no form or fashion! its wrong society don't dictate to me I move to ALLAHGODS beat HUMDULLILLA ALLAHUAAKBAR!


I have new for you........all those religions that sideline women are apt to bring about homo erotic behavior, if women are not good enough for love, respect, and participation they are not good enough for sex, that is why there is so much homosexuality when it comes to structured religion. Men are clearly fallible, and despite the story of Eve, it is men and their slavery to hormonal influences that causes them to be so sex driven, (aka horny), in fact women have sexual longings, but we really don't suffer with the same chains of hormonal activity that cause one to seek sexual gratification. it must be terribly difficult to control those urges, because they are human urges, neither evil or surprising, but to lock women into subordinate roles leaves them only with those who are like themselves: imperfect humans fighting urges, you can imagine what you get two of them fighting the same urges. As Kenneth Clarke, it was women, and thier influence that tamed the West: we have a moderating influence, and one that balances male imperatives. It's too bad, the RCC is stuck in their dogmatic insistence that women will bring down the church. Men have been doing this very well all by themselves!


Islam very much love sex with goat.




@ duhhhh..... I feel anyone involved in a religion that supports the rape of children and hatred towards woman should definitely be punished. That being said isn't that the premise of Islam? Muhammad was pretty much a NAMBLA member. Also, why so much hate toward the gay community? I feel Islam is 100% voodoo, it supports close-mindness, ignorance and death. I mean c'mon how is a a religion based on war peaceful?


Why don't Christians constantly harp on the parts of the Bible that talk about pride and gluttony? All those obese blimps sitting in the church and making the pews bend under the massive weight of fat asses is disgusting to me. I made you in my image and you became fat and ugly.


I am God. Jesus Christ and I are both gay.

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