From the New York Daily News:
Pope Benedict has denounced gay marriage and is said to favor banishing gay seminarians from the priesthood. But none of that has stopped gay Italians from speculating that His Holiness is one of them.
On the day Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was voted Pope, Rome's popular gay TV host Fabio Canino opened his show with a shot of pink smoke wafting from a chimney at the Vatican.
Canino points to the pontiff's fondness for shopping and red Prada shoes as evidence that Benedict is a kindred spirit.
Catholic League president William Donohue finds the suggestion absurd.
"So the Pope is gay because he got his shoes at Prada and likes to shop," Donohue tells us. "Yup, that seals it. But does this mean that if we find out that Rosie [O'Donnell] gets her shoes at Buster Brown and loathes shopping, that she's really a closet breeder?"
Canino also asserts on Out.com, "Everybody knows he is gay, and his boyfriend is his private secretary, [Monsignor Georg Gänswein]."
Gänswein is a handsome, blond, 50-year-old amateur pilot, tennis player and former ski instructor. The Italian Web site Gay.it calls Gänswein "the new sex symbol of the Vatican City … It's no surprise that [Ratzinger] has decided to bring with him this young and fascinating collaborator."