Gerard OConnell: Vatican gay smear part of the war for church’s heart and soul
Yes, it will be interesting to see what comes out, since they apparently plan to release more of whatever it is they have.
Personally, I think you’re going to find that a lot of JPII’s closest associates were involved in this hanky panky. I don’t think he was involved in it, but he was simply a weak administrator who preferred to turn a blind eye to many things, particularly those involving his friends. One of the odd things about JPII is that in many ways, he separated himself from the Church as a whole and presented himself to the world as a good, loveable Pope (and I’m not denying the good he may have done by this) almost on a free-lance basis. His responsibility was to ensure that the whole Church reflected this, but he was very lax and the little enforcement there was - either in theological orthodoxy or morals - came from Ratzinger as head of the CDF.
I’m sure BXVI has been aware of this for a long time, but I think he also feels that it would give great scandal to the faithful if he revealed the fact that JPII probably knew about it as well and did nothing.
Incidentally, I read an interesting article in the Spanish press the other day that said that BXVI has, in the last several years of his pontificate, quietly removed and replaced an average of 3 bishops a month, worldwide. He felt that a lot of the corruption, while it may have been committed by the lower clergy, only got going because the senior clergy either permitted it or even participated in it themselves. And, from what I have seen, he was right in that. Thus, one of the objectives of his Papacy was to renew the episcopate.