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Monday, January 08, 2007

What did we know and when did we know it?

From Monsters and Critics:

Vatican accuses disgraced Polish prelate of misleading the pope

Vatican City - The Vatican on Monday accused one of Poland's leading prelates, Stanislaw Wielgus, of misleading Pope Benedict XVI by failing to reveal the true nature of his ties with communist-era secret agents.
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According to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the church's Congregation for Bishops, the Vatican had no knowledge of the allegations at the time of his December 6 appointment.

'When Monsignor Wielgus was nominated (archbishop of Warsaw) we knew nothing of his collaboration with the secret service,' Battista Re told Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
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Are we really supposed to believe this?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like Cardinal Re isn't long for his job, since he didn't do due diligence here. Presumably, there was documentation on Weilgus' collaboration. Sounds like the Polish Bishops' Conference wasn't much help, either.

Janice

Hebdomadary said...

I made the same presumption on Rorate Caeli, that this was a known quantity, but met with, shall we say, another view. Be careful Janice, you'll be labled a conspiracy theorist. As if the Vatican doesn't have a secret service.

Jacob said...

1. There was either a conspiracy and the Vatican had its fingers crossed and got burned.

or

2. There are a lot of people out there who just didn't do their jobs...