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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."

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Pope Benedict XVI, a shy and sensitive man who never seemed fully at home as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, has officially resigned the papacy.

His nearly eight-year reign as Pope ends today.

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Benedict, 85, is the first Pope to resign in more than 600 years. In his wake lies a hierarchy facing scandal, intrigue and many unanswered questions.

Even as he met with cardinals on his final day as pope, pledging “unconditional reverence and obedience” to his successor, the discord was apparent.

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With Pope Benedict XVI resigning effective at the end of this month, Sinead O'Connor would like to send a message to the soon-to-be departing pontiff.


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The eccentric singer, who has been a long-time critic of this pope and the Catholic Church in general, posted a message to her official website today soon after learning of the news.

It reads:

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Pope Benedict XVI made a shocking announcement during a meeting of Vatican cardinals today:

He will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign his post later this month, citing health concerns as the basis for a decision that will officially take place on February 28.

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According to The Associated Press, the 85-year old believes that his advanced age and diminishing strength make it difficult to fulfill the job.

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Pope Benedict XVI can expect some pissed off Tweets this week.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church said this week that gay marriage poses a threat to "justice and peace." He also called same-sex marriage "unnatural."

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The 85-year-old Pontiff kicked off the Christmas season on Friday afternoon with the traditional lighting of the tree in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square.

There, he released the Pope's message for World Day of Peace 2013. In his annual address, he that same-sex marriage is "against human nature."

According to reports, he said the following:

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It's hard to envision Pope Benedict XVI cranking out musings on his iPhone 5 every 20 minutes, but the pontiff has officially joined Twitter, according to reports.

At the age of 85, the Pope himself is about to be launched into the brave new world of social networking, complete with the official handle of “@pontifex”.

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@pontifex already has 360,000+ followers and has yet to Tweet once. Badass.

It's easy to see why the Catholic Church, which has struggled to connect with teenagers and young adults (as have all religions) launched this initiative.

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Susan Sarandon is an outspoken liberal who has once again generated controversy with a statement.

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Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, says Sarandon is "a despicable person" who "doesn't know what she's talking about" when it comes to the pope's past.

During an interview over the weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival, the Oscar winner talked about sending a copy of the book "Dead Man Walking" to the pope and said: "The last one [Pope John Paul II], not this Nazi one we have now.”

Of course, it has come out that Pope Benedict actually was a member of the Hitler Youth party as a child, something required of boys his age at the time. But reps made it clear he never had any "active participation" in the group.

Sarandon drew laughter from the crowd at the event when she dropped this N word in reference to the pope a second time.

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Pope Benedict XVI has joined Twitter. The Holy One made a video (below) of his first Tweet, which reads:

“Dear Friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI."

This new Vatican’s website features news in Italian and English. The only question that now remains: Can Benedict XVI out-follow Charlie Sheen?

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