Holy Daddy’s Roommate: the Pope’s dreamy man-servant sleepover buddy

Andrew Sullivan basically outed the Pope (again) the other day. Well, to be more precise, Andrew has already outed the Pope before. This time he outed the Pope’s (maybe) boyfriend.

You see, the Pope is going to get to keep his personal secretary, a hot young(er) monsignor who will be double-dipping by serving the new Pope by day and Ratzinger by night, to paraphrase Rachel Maddow.  (He gets to keep working for the ex-Pope during his off-hours, and will be living with him as well).

Here’s a picture of the Pope on his way out of the job along with his bff on the far right:

Pope and His Yumminess, on their way out of a job (via Rachel Maddow clip)

His Holynesss and His Yummy-ness, on their way out of a job (via Rachel Maddow clip)

Here’s Andrew yesterday:

So Benedict’s handsome male companion 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? I wrote a while back about Gänswein’s intense relationship with Ratzinger, while noting Colm Toibin’s review of Angelo Quattrochi’s exploration of Benedict, “Is The Pope Gay?”. Here’s Toibin getting to some interesting stuff:

Gänswein is remarkably handsome, a cross between George Clooney and Hugh Grant, but, in a way, more beautiful than either. In a radio interview Gänswein described a day in his life and the life of Ratzinger, now that he is pope:

The pope’s day begins with the seven o’clock Mass, then he says prayers with his breviary, followed by a period of silent contemplation before our Lord. Then we have breakfast together, and so I begin the day’s work by going through the correspondence. Then I exchange ideas with the Holy Father, then I accompany him to the ‘Second Loggia’ for the private midday audiences. Then we have lunch together; after the meal we go for a little walk before taking a nap. In the afternoon I again take care of the correspondence. I take the most important stuff which needs his signature to the Holy Father.

When asked if he felt nervous in the presence of the Holy Father, Gänswein replied that he sometimes did and added: ‘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. But obviously I know who the Holy Father is and so I know how to behave appropriately. There are always some situations, however, when the heart beats a little stronger than usual.’

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.

Well, Rachel Maddow reported on the Pope’s exit last night, and mentioned His Yummy-ness, Holy Daddy’s new roommate.  It comes up at the end of the segment, but pay close attention how Rachel handles it.  Clearly, she’s on the same page as Andrew.  Here’s another photo of His Yummy-ness, via Maddow’s broadcast, then you can watch her video:

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Holy Daddy’s New Roommate

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86 Responses to “Holy Daddy’s Roommate: the Pope’s dreamy man-servant sleepover buddy”

  1. caphillprof says:

    As I was saying, not all of their sexual partners are victims

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  2. Sweetie says:

    Anyone who is gay is a victim of RCC heterosexism, although the victimization is less pitiable as one goes up the hierarchy. That also doesn’t mention the laundry slaves in Ireland, the warehoused children there, and the like, either. It also doesn’t mention the huge families in poverty (abuse and neglect from strain) because of the contraception policy, like the one my mother was born into.

  3. Ninong says:

    If you’re talking about the scandal involving priests raping nuns, that unfolded years ago. Then there’s the matter of a large number of Catholic priests in Africa living opening with a woman, but they sort of tolerate that over there. Some bishops just sort of ignore it and let it be. They said it’s a cultural thing that Europeans wouldn’t understand.
    If you’re talking about a pedo scandal with either girls or boys, then I’m not sure any of those have made the news yet, so that would be a surprise, but over there not everything gets reported. Look at the problems Oprah Winfrey has had with her all girls school with the staff not being able to keep their hands off the girls.

  4. pappyvet says:

    LOL !

  5. karmanot says:

    It’s just a matter of time before the African scandal unfolds. It will make the pedo Church in America or Ireland look amaturish.

  6. Ninong says:

    The “chaps from Africa” are all ultra homophobic. Strange, because according to them, they don’t have “that” in Africa because their culture does not tolerate it. Cardinal Peter Turkson, the “chap” who is currently the odds on favorite to be elected pope (he’s been campaigning for the job for the past five years), approves of Uganda’s so-called “kill the gays” bill, although he says the proposed penalties may be somewhat of an “exaggeration.”

    However, Cardinal Turkson says that we must consider why African countries feel that way about “that.” It’s immoral and not tolerated in their culture. The only reason some African countries are willing to cave in to the demands of the UN, David Cameron and Hillary Clinton that they not criminalize homosexual acts is “because they need the money.”

    I suggest you google Cardinal Turkson, who is actually the most moderate “chap” over there and read what he has said about “that.” Actually he’s been in the Vatican for the past few years but he is the cardinal from Ghana.

  7. ericxdc says:

    He vould have an enormous schwanzstucker.
    He’s going to be very popular.

    (courtesy of the non-vatican comedian mel brooks)

  8. Horseman says:

    With all of the scandals the last thing we need as a church is another secret society Opus Dei type. How about the chaps from Africa? They seem untainted by politics and scandal and more about God.

  9. pappyvet says:

    Sweet mysteries of life at last I found you.

  10. Phil Perspective says:

    Popes don’t resign. Even ones beset by scandal or ill health(see JPII). For Ratso to resign that means he’s hoping something earth shaking doesn’t hit the fan.

  11. caphillprof says:

    not all of their sexual partners are victims

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  12. I respectfully disagree. It’s a tabloid approach, and tabloids are tacky and this blog is better than that. I know/knew Andrew Sullivan and he’s not a very good human being. So part of it is the vehicle for me, part of it is who it’s coming from. He throws accusations and opinions around on a whim and then abandons them just as quickly. Remember when the election was over after the first debate? So bitch all you want and throw all the stones you want without evidence, but I just think it makes you look bad. These things are fine to question and bring up in an intelligent dialogue but otherwise it just becomes more like Fox news. Accusation after accusation with no proof or substance sounds a lot like Sarah Palin. Good luck to you. I’m done here.

  13. Ninong says:

    I believe Gänswein’s correct title is Prefect of the Prefecture of the Papal Household. He was granted that title at the same time that Benedict made him an archbishop. So for the new pope to get rid of him now, he would probably have to promote him to the cardinalate, or ship him off to South America, or both.

    As part of his “retirement planning,” Benedict promoted the previous Prefect of the Papal Household, James Michael Harvey, to cardinal just a couple of weeks before putting il Bel Giorgio in that spot.

  14. Don Chandler says:

    I’ve always liked logic and honest rhetoric, but sometimes you have to be a bit heavy handed when you are trying to persuade others or trying to change the world. Complaining about Andrew Sullivan proving or inferring the homosexual nature of the pope is similar to complaining about someone asking Scalia if he sodomizes his wife. Yeah, it’s heavy-handed, but there is a point to the accusation or inference, that while untrue or unproven, it’ underscores a problem. In the case of Scalia, just how do we prove that he isn’t sodomizing his wife, especially when he says there isn’t a right to privacy for homosexuals but feels he is above suspicion because of his position as a supreme court justice and a good catholic…yeah, when such a man in such a powerful position votes to uphold sodomy laws and yet denies that there is a right of privacy in the constitution, we can make a point by asking such a man if he sodomizes his wife…He should not be accorded respect and he is lucky we do give him privacy. The Sodomy Laws are exposed as ridiculous and simply tools of oppression as they were only applied to suspected homosexuals. Someone in the audience made Scalia feel the personal nature of anti-sodomy laws by asking a ridiculous question. Now when the Pope condemns homosexuality and calls it a threat to humanity, is it so wrong to make sport of such a person? We both know the pope is wrong, homosexuals are not a threat to humanity, but instead,openly homosexual people are a threat to closeted homosexuals…a clergy that thrives on privacy while condemning gays in broad strokes using an unforgiving brush are feeling some heat…

    Yeah, “love the sinner and hate the sin” sounds a lot like “forgiving the sinner and denouncing the sin.” It’s not really forgiving and is more likely a way to assuage ones own bigotry: very catholic–disguising bigotry through feigned magnanimity.

    I hardly know Andrew Sullivan, but I think the Pope is a Big Enough Target that has proven to be a significantly oppressive force against homosexuality–I’m stating the obvious. The pope can and should be lampooned. Any political figure is subject to ridicule, Obama too.

    My comment about people on this blog not being religious…most don’t seem to be. Some have expressed a religious side and I leave them alone unless they condone or use anti-homosexual rhetoric…. As far as you are concerned, I appreciate your logic and honesty and dialog, but I think you need some proportionality: Andrew Sullivan is not the issue, he’s a vehicle.

  15. Claessens1 says:

    Sorry, folks. Archbishop Ganswein will not be the new pope’s private secretary. He holds the title of Master of the Household, which means he handles the pope’s daily schedule and working out the details of travels outside of Vatican City.

    Most of the pope’s daily meetings will be arranged through the private secretary and handled by way of computer. I suspect the Archbishop’s direct contact with the new pope will be quite limited.

  16. Never heard that before!

  17. EdA says:

    I am sure that the relationship between the two is purely platonic.

    And I suspect that the new guy may have his own ideas as to sharing a secretary who is also an archbigot, or an archbigot who takes dictation.

  18. DEClark says:

    That’s a MasterCard “Priceless!”

  19. FLL says:

    I’m sure Ratzinger is contrite when he goes to confession. He tells his confessor,
    “The Devil made me buy this dress… (and loaned me a pair of Prada-shoes-from-Hell.)”

  20. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I really like The Doors, but not so keen on your poetry.

    Or anything that didn’t include Johnny Marr.

  21. Mr. Chandler’s edit was pretty good. All sin is fabricated and determined. It is not speculated.

  22. It’s very human to have those feelings but it’s not good journalism to say you’ve proved something or nearly proved it when you haven’t. So fine, throw Andrew a bone if you want, because of all the crap the church has done. I’m just telling you I disagree with the logic.

    Also not sure what you’re getting at regarding religious practices. Most of us aren’t/dont practice? How do you know? Is that speculation too? It appears that you do a lot of that. In my world a lot of gay people are religious. Many are in fact Catholic. The religion you described above is a very broad stroke with a rather unforgiving brush. And no I am not religious.

  23. AdmNaismith says:

    No, George Clooney is cuter.
    This guy is no slouch for some 50 yrs old (I’m guessing), but Clooney and his beard are way cuter.

  24. hollywoodstein says:


  25. hollywoodstein says:

    I just wish Andrew Sullivan were not Andrew Sullivan.

  26. SkippyFlipjack says:

    “I apologize your holiness, it appears I was a little sloppy with the, um, anointing this morning..”

  27. SkippyFlipjack says:

    “Benedict likes it when I used the low voice, but I can do the high one if you prefer.”

  28. Max_1 says:

    This gives kissing the Popes (cock) ring a new meaning…

  29. Sweetie says:

    I feel less pity for them than for their victims.

  30. Sweetie says:

    “No, you’re right, the church didn’t speculate that homosexuality was a sin, it fabricated the idea that homosexuality was a sin.”


  31. karmanot says:

    Scalia Jr.

  32. karmanot says:

    This is the very last time I go to confession!

  33. Don Chandler says:

    No, you’re right, the church didn’t speculate that homosexuality was a sin, it fabricated the idea that homosexuality was a sin. Prove to me that homosexuality is a sin? Your source, plz. Come on, jim, most of us don’t adhere to catholicism and mormonism..we don’t worship at roadside taverns with steeples that license the intoxicated to spew untruths and hearsay that encourage hate and promulgate unfounded disgrace.

    Our Gaynar goes off the charts with Linsey Grahmcracker and the pope … but it’s okay, because while it might be a fictious outrage, it’s very human to have these gay feelings.

  34. Naja pallida says:

    You sound as if you speak from experience. :)

  35. Zorba says:

    And His Popeness Emeritus is one, isn’t he? ;-)

  36. Yes, I do. The church didn’t speculate anything about homosexuality being a sin. It was determined and definitively a sin. Your gaydar may be right and what Andrew Sullivan is proposing may be right too, but he didn’t “prove” or almost “prove” anything.

  37. Don Chandler says:

    Speculation…well, it’s like the church has speculated for centuries that homosexuality is a sin and it’s claims that god says so…and for some reason, you have a problem with our gaydar?

  38. karmanot says:

    Crossing swords and bumping helmets for Jesus!

  39. karmanot says:

    Pope goes the weasle.

  40. karmanot says:

    And rings the size of end tables!

  41. Don Chandler says:

    scalia or the pope?

  42. karmanot says:

    Do the Vaticanites have love-pockets in their cassocks?

  43. karmanot says:

    You know, most Seminaries are the bell for gaydar!

  44. Right but we don’t know if he is gay or not. It’s speculation. We can want or assume all we want. We may even wish it because it would work in our favor if he were, but none of what Mr. Sullivan proposed offers any proof of this.

  45. karmanot says:

    Yes, even old monsters need a little love.

  46. karmanot says:

    He also touches himself and has impure thoughts!

  47. karmanot says:

    You would think Ratzi would have the decency to wear purple or at least off-white. When I see him in the Vatican commisary wearing Nike’s and sweats I’ll know he retired.

  48. karmanot says:

    I just wish Andrew Sullivan were not gay!

  49. karmanot says:

    Daddy, boy and imaginary ghost. Who’s to know?

  50. karmanot says:

    You mean Georg could be a Dowager groupie?

  51. Don Chandler says:

    actually, if he’s gay, it’s closeted vs uncloseted…being forthright vs sly…accepting of who one is vs hiding one’s true self…it’s honesty vs dishonesty.

    What is universal is that he was born gay whether closeted or not closeted.

  52. nicho says:

    I have a friend who is a “frail old man contemplating the end of his life.” In fact, they have given him months, if not weeks, to live. He is having a great sexual relation — with what energy he has left — with his partner who is 35 years his junior. He’s using what time and energy he has left to its maximum advantage.

  53. silas1898 says:

    New Pope needs to go medieval on Benny; and fast.

  54. kingstonbears says:

    But let’s not forget vouyerism…..

  55. Ninong says:

    The speculation that Ratzinger is gay has been rampant inside the Vatican ever since he was brought over from Munich to be prefect of the CDF. It only intensified after he made the unusual move of pulling Georg Gänswein out of CDW and bring him over to CDF to be his personal secretary. That doesn’t mean that he has ever engaged in physical sex acts.

  56. I’m watching this compilation of clips on gay marriage – it’s quite good :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olCVsjRUpPM

  57. I speak French, so that’s not a problem. Just that my friends in Paris I house sit for don’t have a TV! So I never see any french shows :) Let me check youtube right now.

  58. Don Chandler says:

    from the inside, kink?

  59. Badgerite says:

    Personally, I think this goes a ‘bridge too far’. The X-Pope is a frail, old man, contemplating the end of his life. I really don’t think sex is a high priority, even if he were gay which I think is not a fair assumption from the facts as stated. Human relationships and loyalties can have and frequently do have nothing whatsoever to do with sex. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, Sigmund.

  60. Also John, Andrew did not “almost out the Pope” – all he has is speculation and creepy circumstantial evidence. So that’s just bad journalism.

  61. microdot says:

    Barthes has a great political satirical program almost every night here on Canal+ called Le Petit Journal. He is a hip brilliant gossipy satirist with an incredibly creative cast that has been focused on the catholic gay marriage protests for the last few weeks with a sort of mini series of Catholic activist “Friends”. On Wednesday, they ended up in Rome to see the Popes demission appearance…it ended up rather messily in a motel room with under wear strewn about after a drunken evening…things had been leading up to this inevitable event for a few weeks…. You could get the stuff from the Canal+ web site…this is French Prime Time TV! but, then again, it’s in French….He is absolutely brilliant…

  62. Officially yes, I understand that, but they still tolerated these friendships unofficially for many years – even now. The church hierarchy has a long history of do as I say not as I do. Still many don’t view themselves as “gay”, even if they fall in love with men and have sexual relations with men, particularly the older ones. That is a label we put on them. If the church didn’t turn a blind eye and let things go on, the pool of priests would have died out by the renaissance. I am in no way defending the church, just noting that they view homosexuality very differently than we do. So even if you have a shot of the Pope sucking cock, good luck with him admitting his homosexuality. I’m also not convinced he’s gay. A lot of what we are seeing is typical church behavior and how it’s acted for centuries. So he has a hot manservant? That doesn’t mean he’s having sex with him. Again, everything about the church looks very gay from the outside.

  63. Zorba says:

    Well, as Stephen Colbert said, “One Pope over the line, sweet Jesus.”

  64. nicho says:

    And the clothes! First, he fired the family that had been making shoes for the pope for centuries — talk about having your family reputation destroyed — and replaced them with Prada. (And you know who wears Prada!) Next, since Paul VI, popes had gravitated toward simpler, unadorned vestments, etc. Ratzinger raided the long-shut closets and went back to the silver and gold vestments, encrusted with jewels — and where the last few popes have tended toward simpler mitres, Ratzinger has gone back to the mitres as tall and elaborate as a Mafia wedding cake.

  65. Ninong says:

    “Bel Giorgio” is no longer a monsignor, he’s Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Titular Archbishop of Urbs Salvia and Prefect of the Pontifical Household. In anticipation of his own abdication, Benedict named Bel Giorgio an archbishop on Dec. 7, 2012, and consecrated him personally on Jan. 6, 2013. He’s also Personal Chaplain of His Holiness. http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/georg-gaenswein-20418/

    As far as speculation in the media that Benedict’s “retirement” (abdication) was sudden, I suggest they may have overlooked the fact that his new quarters have been under construction since last fall.

  66. Fair point, but if he is gay he probably doesn’t see himself as a homosexual/gay. The church viewed those relationships very differently and there were tolerated to a certain extent for centuries so I think we’re all just trying to get blood from a stone either way.

  67. nicho says:

    I care if the pope is gay. If he’s just a homophobe that’s one thing, but if he’s gay and a homophobe, that’s something entirely different.

  68. The Pope may be gay but Sullivan’s speculation is just that. I really don’t care if the Pope is gay or not and not entirely sure what it proves other than the the Church is hypocritical which is already very apparent at every angle you look. And yes he’s a pedophile enabler but Andrew Sullivan is also a liar and a “seeder”.

  69. I’d not heard of him before. Just googled him. Will have to check YouTube

  70. You’ve gotten a tad bitter lately. And I thought the pope was gay from the beginning. Ratzinger is also a pedophile enabler, so I’m happy to quote Andrew on this one.

  71. I agree, I mean look the whole thing looks super gay from the outside. I grew up Catholic and now consider myself an atheist, and a LOT of gay shit went down, but there was also a lot of alcoholism and repression. No one knows what the Pope is and although he has a hot manservant all Andrew Sullivan is doing is speculating – he wishes but most of his knee-jerk reactions just end up getting him more attention than anything.

  72. Andrew Sullivan hasn’t “outed” the Pope. Why do all of you journalists/bloggers kiss his ass? Does he pay you or something? The fact that he’s still around and influencing you all is pathetic.

  73. nicho says:

    Seminaries and religious orders in the Catholic Church are very much against what they call “particular friendships” between members because of the possibility of it turning into something else. If fact, the weren’t keen on two guys even going for a walk together. The expression was “numquam duo — semper tres.” Never two – always three.

  74. Pope Ratso caught himself a real silver fox! Who looks oddly like Bruce Boxleitner.

  75. nicho says:

    While the nature of the relationship between the two is intriguing, there’s an even bigger issue. Ratzinger has always been heavily involved in the running of the church, even while Wotyla was pope. Now, he’s going to be living close to his old office. He’s going to be dressing the same and will be called “pope.” And, the new pope’s secretary will be Ratzinger’s roomie. Not to mention that a lot of people in the Vatican owe their positions to Ratzinger and can be presumed to have some personal loyalty to him. That is a nightmare for the new guy. It’s going to be worse that when Cheney was the shadow president. If the new pope so much as farts, Ratzinger will hear about it over cocktails. If the new pope needs advice from Gorgeous George, where do you think it’s going to come from? It will be the worst job in the world.

  76. Constant Comment says:

    This is sounding very J. Edgar-ish. And Ratzinger already has the dress-up clothes…

  77. loona_c says:

    In Catholic school girl circles he’s referred to as “Father Whatawaste.”

  78. silas1898 says:

    Hypocrisy is the foundation of organized religion.

  79. News Nag says:

    Yesterday Pope Benedict the Co-Conspirator Demeritus the Pedophilia Enabler left the Vatican in an Italian helicopter on his way to the Witness Protection Program.

  80. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    “we go for a little walk before taking a nap”

    I remember what my husband meant when he suggested that we take a nap. Still, I don’t think I’d want to “nap” with Pope Gargamel.

  81. Bryan says:

    The Pope very well could be gay. And if he is, it’s extremely hypocritical for him to promote such anti-gay policies and hatred. But being extremely close with another male, even if they are going to be living together, doesn’t mean he’s gay. I mean, if a gay man had a extremely attractive female roommate who was also his BFF, that wouldn’t mean he’s all of a sudden a straight man. (I mean, there’s a reason they came up with the phrase fag hag).

  82. caphillprof says:

    I think this is sad. Sexuality is the lynch pin of our humanity. Take away the sexuality and you take away the humanity. All these bizarre old men. If they have a life time of no sexual intercourse, they come out odd. If they have furtive sex on the side (even families for the few who are heterosexual), then they are closeted and by the closet deformed. Just look at the oddities in red yarmulkes sitting before Benedict yesterday. This is a disgrace to religion, a disgrace to humanity.

  83. silas1898 says:

    There might me snow on the roof, but there’s a hot fire in the furnace! Ratzo, you dog!

  84. FLL says:

    Many think he’s even better looking than George Clooney. His German first name is Georg. Let’s pronounce that in German; all together now: /GAY- org/ (that’s a hard “g” on the end). I wonder if he’s arranging any more performances of shirtless male gymnasts for Ratzy. Curiouser and curiouser.

  85. Indigo says:

    That Andrew! He has so many unresolved issues, poor thing. The old fashioned expression was “Templar.” They’d be “celibate” together, of course.

  86. microdot says:

    I have to see how Yann Barthes deals with this here in France….It should be hilarious!

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