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.