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Shadow Pope Ratzinger and roommate Monsignor Georg Gänswein are The Vatican’s Morecambe and Wise (video)

by | 27th, February 2013

FAREWELL Benedict XVI. Not that he’s going very fara way. He’s staying inside the Vatican, walking the corridors of power dressed in white robes and answering to the title “His Holiness”, a Pope Emeritus:

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.


Too low key. He doesn’t need it. But what he does need, apparently, is an aide:

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.

Yeah. The new Pope has the olds Pope’s eyes and ears in his quarters. Still want the job?

Georg has appeared on the cover of Italian glossy magazines, one asking: “It’s no sin to be good looking.”  Donatella Versace dedicated

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