Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The fall out

From ANSA:

But when Sunday came, there had been a turnaround and the Vatican announced Wielgus had stepped down. The official Vatican daily, Osservatore Romano, reduced the story to a few lines which it tucked into the bottom right hand corner of its front page. Meanwhile, off the record, sources in the Vatican murmured that it would be some time before the Polish capital was given a new archbishop and it would also be the last time that the Vatican blindly trusted the Polish Church.

That at last has something of the ring of truth to it. At the time of the archbishop's appointment, it seems clear enough that the Vatican really had no idea. Fool me once, shame on you... The idea that it did have some idea and went ahead anyway just seems too implausible.

The really sad part though is the conduct of everyone in Poland and Rome after Archbishop Wielgus' affairs came to light.


Samuel said...

Its a sign of our times Jacob. In the 21st Century, when something blows up in your face, the first instinct is damage control and making the best of a bad situation.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's about time the Vatican faced up to the truth. Just because the myth of "Polish Catholicism" was bruited about during John Paul's reign didn't make it true. There are a lot of secrets to come out and letting the Poles vet their own candidates seems a foolhardy thing to do.


Hebdomadary said...

The notion of collegiality, and the diffusion of responsibilities from the papacy itself has got to stop. Collegiality as a screen for disobedience has gotta go. Man the telent level in the bishopric is really low, and mostly because they have been left during the past thirty years to pick their own, as we all know, but this latest demonstration of incompetence sinks to a new level.

Jacob said...

Collegiality as a screen for disobedience has gotta go.

Right on the money.