Oh, to be a fly on the wall

By Diogenes (articles ) | 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...

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  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 16, 2007 5:15 PM ET USA

    esalkin - may it be so.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2007 3:45 PM ET USA

    This looks like a perfect opportunity for the Pope to reign in the Congregation for Bishops. If he plays this right he can reform the CfB, clear up several er.. "problems" via resignations, begin the process of restoring the bishopric to its proper place of respect and moral authority and none of the usual whiners will be able to say a thing. "That is not God bowling dear, that is just the Pope rolling heads."

  • Posted by: - Jan. 16, 2007 9:24 AM ET USA

    Maybe Cardinal Re will be fired. Maybe the Polish bishops will stop presenting themselves as cleaner than the driven snow. Maybe we'll find out the truth about John Paul II. Who knows?

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 13, 2007 6:58 PM ET USA

    Ex-Polish bishop denies concealing past http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1103AP_Poland_Church_Scandal.html

  • Posted by: - Jan. 13, 2007 11:35 AM ET USA

    Another slant on the Weiglus affair. Parts below. From the WSJ: By MATTHEW KAMINSKI January 13, 2007; Page A13 Among the documents in the Polish security service's folder on covert informant "Grey," a two-page "Note" dated Oct. 5, 1977 -- and prepared by a Col. J. Mazurek -- gives a good idea of what collaborating with the Communists entailed. "Yet Poland, once a model in the region, has long crossed the line from healthy historical examination to post-communist McCarthyism."

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 13, 2007 11:16 AM ET USA

    Maybe good will come out of this for the Church as a whole. The quote from Card. Re may easily as well be: “When these US Bishops were appointed, we knew nothing about their problems with Catholic doctrine or liturgical discipline.”