- Feb 23, 2020
The current fracas surrounding Benedict XVI and a new book on priestly celibacy is eerily reminiscent of the tempest that erupted in 2003/2004 around St. John Paul II’s alleged endorsement of Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ,” expressed in the infamous soundbite, “It is as it was.”
Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz has issued a letter thanking Pope Francis for recent comments defending the late Saint John Paul II’s holiness and his handling of the case of Mexican abuser priest Marcial Maciel.
Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former archbishop of Krakow and longtime secretary to St. John Paul II, celebrated his 80th birthday April 27, ending his eligibility to vote in a conclave.
A close aide to St. John Paul II has vigorously defended the late pope’s handling of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and denied accusations that he ignored the problem during his 27-year pontificate.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has aspired for more than a decade to be the great Vatican whistleblower, but he may actually have made it more difficult for U.S. bishops to pressure the Vatican to reveal what it knows in the Theodore McCarrick case.
Despite criticism of St. John Paul II’s handling of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, the late pope’s closest aide says an anti-abuse summit taking place this week is completely consistent with John Paul’s own approach.