Saturday, June 04, 2005


The late Pope John Paul II's personal secretary Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz. Pope Benedict has named John Paul's 'shadow', his long-time secretary and the man who cradled him in his arms after a 1981 assassination attempt, to be the new archbishop of Krakow in Poland. Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz will take over the leadership of the important archdiocese from Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, 78, who is retiring. The vaticanisti knew about the possible appointment over a month ago, but were beaten to the punch by a colleague verifying the nomination. Dziwisz has also disclosed he did not burn the late pope's personal papers as he was instructed. "Nothing has been burned," Dziwisz said. "Nothing is fit for burning, everything should be preserved and kept for history, for the future generations - every single sentence." A cardinal's red hat awaits...

2 Comments:

Anonymous Atiyah said...

To burn or not to burn, that is the question.

By virtue of Article 9 of The Lateran Pacts 1929 and his place of residence at time of death, the previous Pope’s Last Will and Testament is subject to the sovereignty of the Holy See. Therefore the will is subject to the Code of Canon Law and possibly the new Fundamental Law of the State of Vatican City (which is not in English so it’s hard to tell if it is relevant).

While I am not an expert in Canon Law (by any means … ah being a Prod) canons 1299 – 1301 deal with act mortis causa and calls for the strict observance of the terms in cases of gifts to the Church. Surely by elimination one cannot infer the Church is no less strict as to the contrary wishes of the testator. Canon law seems to say that the Archbishop should follow the wishes of the testator and burn the papers. By what authority can he unilaterally decide as executor to disregard the relevant provisions of the Will so clearly expressed by the testator?

However noble the desire to preserve these papers for posterity, are the words and wishes of a Pope heeded in life, to be ignored without proper process in death. Doesn't seem right to me.

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Wojciechowski said...

Legality vs. JPII The Great's Wishes vs. Posterity. My view is keep the papers unburned. JPII The Great's essence was: "LOVE." Would he deny future generations more of his wonderful insights on love and Christ? I think not.

A poor example: Michaelangelo dies; his will says: "Crush the Pieta and smash my David." Let him who is without love and beauty smash the first stone.

6:15 PM  

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