Former Atlantic writer and current blogger Andrew Sullivan recently wrote about Pope Benedict XVI and his unusually close relationship with one of his male secretaries, Monsignor Georg Ganswein.
“Benedict XVI has 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,” Sullivan wrote on Dish.AndrewSullivan.com.
Sullivan wrote, despite his resignation, Benedict will remain inside the Vatican and keep many of his Papal benefits, Monsignor Georg Gänswein.
“[T]his is what really made me sit up straight,” Sullivan writes. "Gänswein will be living with Benedict at the monastery inside the Vatican and keeping his day job as prefect of the new pope’s household.
“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?
"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."