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Following the embarrassing scandal over Robert Cardinal Sarah’s book on priestly celibacy, co-written by Benedict XVI, wherein Archbishop Georg Gänswein denied that Benedict was, in fact, the co-author, the Associated Press is now reporting that Gänswein has been conspicuous by his absence from Pope Francis' protocol team ever since.

In a press release yesterday, the Vatican press office denied that Gänswein, who also serves as secretary for Benedict XVI, has been officially suspended as head of Francis’ papal household by Pope Francis.

So the question is: Where is he? 

The Vatican claimed that Gänswein’s absence from Francis’ private and public audiences for the past several weeks was “due to an ordinary redistribution of the various commitments and duties of the prefect of the Papal Household."

not personal meme

Yeah, right!

According to the AP, the Vatican’s statement “suggested the Holy See was trying to find an elegant way to justify Gänswein's unofficial removal from Francis’ team by saying he was dedicating himself more full-time to Benedict's needs.”

REMNANT COMMENT: Just another day in the pontifical house of the rising sun.

What’s really going on here? Who knows? Maybe Benedict’s jailor was spending too much doggone time away from the prisoner, whose role seems to be that of witness for the defense of the most ridiculous pontificate in the history of the papacy.

Anyway, the real bad news for Gorgeous George is that he may have to sit out the next circus or two, just to make sure Cardinal Sarah isn’t sneaking into Benedict’s room to dash off another book in defense of Catholic doctrine.

Speaking of circuses, all this pontificate is missing is the bearded lady. 

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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