Posted By LambChop
From FOX News:
In an interesting and unheard of action, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican Thursday to a new house next to the new Pope.
Pope Benedict will reside in a small building with attached chapel, with his personal secretary, and the four consecrated women who will act as housekeepers. A guest room is prepared for when his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, comes to visit.
Benedict’s resignation (the first time a pontiff resigned in 600 years) and announcement that he would live alongside Pope Francis has raised many questions and speculation bordering on conspiracy and intrigue. Benedict’s decisions to be referred to as “Your Holiness” and continuation to wear the white cassock have sparked conjecture about a dual papacy.
Pope Francis has offered no explanation and has called on Benedict – even refusing to pray on the special papal kneeler in the small chapel of Castel Gandolfo, preferring to join Benedict on a kneeler in the pews, and referring to his predecessor as his "brother."
Papacy watchers have wondered if Pope Benedict’s resignation was his way of symbolically “falling on the sword” for the Church – in order to remake it and purge it of corruption and sexual misconduct that has plagued the Church in recent years. Popes Benedict and Francis may have allied themselves in order to save the Catholic Church-restoring values and focusing on evangelism and caring for the impoverished. In other words, the two pontiffs have orchestrated a conspiracy - a conspiracy for good to prevail over evil. Given the reputation of the moral courage and atypical actions of these two men, most would not be surprised. But the reality is that it is all speculation, and God only knows.