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Oh, to be a fly on the wall

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Jan 13, 2007

In his excellent Chiesa analysis of the disastrous Wielgus appointment, Sandro Magister took careful note of a statement by the Polish editor of L'Osservatore Romano.

“I don’t know who, but someone has misled Pope Joseph Ratzinger. This is a serious matter, and someone must pay for it, in Poland or in the Vatican.”

Magister also notes a widely circulated quote from Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops:

“When Archbishop Wielgus was appointed, we knew nothing about his collaboration with the secret services.”

The first quote rings true. The second is more problematical, because it's the job of the Congregation for Bishops to dig out the relevant information on episcopal candidates, and the stories about Archbishop Wielgus's collaboration with the Polish secret police were already in circulation when the appointment was announced, and the documentation was already available in the Institute for National Remembrance.

Today the Pope is meeting with Cardinal Re in a private audience. Hmmm. The Vatican announcement did not indicate exactly where the audience would take place, but if there's a woodshed in the apostolic palace...

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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  • Posted by: - Jun. 29, 2010 8:38 PM ET USA

    One annulment down and four to go. The JV in my diocese told me, with a chuckle, that a man came to him petitioning for his FIFTH annulment. I fail to see the humor. It's Catholic Divorce. See Hegy and Martos book Catholic Divorce: The Deception of Annulments.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 28, 2010 7:44 PM ET USA

    Mail Online doesn't mention the annulment of her first "marriage". But she must have one, because the groom's family (including the two nuns) presumably would be more interested in that than in the bride's tattoos. Their happiness might even depend on it.