Pope never fell in love - brother

2011-09-21 20:35

Berlin - The young Pope Benedict XVI never fell in love with a girl, his brother said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Georg Ratzinger, 87, who is a priest, also said that the pontiff should not hesitate to step down for health reasons.

Asked by German glossy magazine Bunte if the two brothers had been in love with girls when young, he said: "No. It was clear to us from an early age that we should take another path and refrain from marriage."

The 84-year-old German-born pope, who is due to begin his first state visit to his homeland on Thursday, should resign if his physical health were to deteriorate, said his elder brother.

"If it is not going well health-wise, my brother should have the courage and the willpower to resign from his position," Ratzinger, 87, said.

"But it hasn't come to that yet; he is very capable of taking action."

Benedict has had no notable health problems since his election following the death of John Paul II, whose final years were marked by noticeable pain and suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Four years before he became pope however, the then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spent nearly a month in hospital following a brain haemorrhage, according to the German daily Bild. It said he has suffered from fainting spells.

Even Benedict, spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, is not free of sin, Ratzinger told Bunte.

"Everyone sins - whether you are the pope or not. My brother of course confesses (his sins) to this day."

  • Bertverlinde - 2011-09-21 22:23

    Pope's seem to die bad deaths...ironic

      T-1000 - 2011-09-22 06:09

      No its not ironic or a coincidence. Mental problems lead to physical problems eventually.

  • crackerr - 2011-09-21 23:34

    "No. It was clear to us from an early age that we should take another path and refrain from marriage." ______________________________________________________________________ Self-deception and rationalizations in old age.

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-22 04:16

    "The young Pope Benedict XVI never fell in love with a girl". BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! /choke HAHAHAHEHE! Of course didn't. He a Catholic. Chior boys are much preferred.

  • Anton - 2011-09-22 05:05

    If the RCC wants to do ANY good in the 21st century, they should close down, sell all their properties,(churches etc), art works, shares in companies, etc, etc, and than with the proceeds, which will be billions of US or Euros, do some real good, like, one could change the face of Africa!!!!! And than the ones who want to continue, start from scratch, even if it means to have their services under a tree!!! I don't say this out of disrespect of this religion, I am a RC myself, but in its current form, it is a FARCE!!!

      Anton - 2011-09-22 07:42

      I forgot to mention, if some than want to restart the RCC, than the number one requisite to be a priest will be, that he or she MUST be married, gay marriages are fine, BUT MARRIED. One must learn from past mistakes.

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-22 09:35

      The reason of their farce is the persistent changing of their dogma to suit an agenda, and lately in a bid to win people to the RCC they just change their dogma to suit the outside world. With respect, check this link which documents 1) all Catholic dogma, 2) when the RCC instituted them and 3) what the Bible says: The Word was compromised from the very start by RCC. Just be encouraged though that God is still God, He loves you infinitely and sent us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins so that we may be guaranteed of Heaven by accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour. Because Hell is real and we don't want to go there, yet all are sinners and we deserve it! That is all you need to remember :-D And for backup, check John 3:16, Romans 10:13 and, for emphasis on the RCC, John 14:6 to 14. Be blessed Anton.

  • T-1000 - 2011-09-22 06:10

    Just gay?

      Oxygen - 2011-09-22 06:27

      No, just too narcissistic and psychotic.

      T-1000 - 2011-09-22 07:13


  • Stefanus - 2011-09-22 07:27

    on my planet the evil one is called E-Pop. And that is pope spelled backwards. Hmmmmm....

  • Matt :-) - 2011-09-22 09:29

    What a pity the Pope didn't read 1 Timothy 3. Clergy IS allowed to marry, the RCC just conveniently changed the rules...

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-22 11:50

    : "No. It was clear to us from an early age that we should take another path and refrain from marriage." That path clearly led to an all-boys school

  • Jason - 2011-09-22 12:45

    aka homosexual / child molester...

  • James - 2011-09-22 14:51

    He never fell in love..with a women..who say's he doesn't have a little boy?

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