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Cardinal Defends Publication of Blessed John Paul's Private Notebooks
Catholic News Service ^ | 1/27/14 | Jonathan Luxmoore

Posted on 01/28/2014 6:20:51 AM PST by marshmallow

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- The former personal secretary of Blessed Pope John Paul II has approved the publication of the late pontiff's private notebooks, despite a request in his will that they should be burned.

"In writing his will, the Holy Father knew he was entrusting these notebooks to someone who would treat them responsibly," said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who not only served as the pope's personal secretary throughout his almost 27-year pontificate, but was his secretary in Krakow, had been a student of then-Father Karol Wojtyla in the seminary and was ordained to the priesthood by him in 1963.

"I had no doubt these were such important items, testifying to the spirituality of a great pope, that it would be a crime to destroy them," Cardinal Dziwisz told a Jan. 22 news conference in the southern Polish city to announce the release of the notebooks by the local Znak publishing house.

However, the planned Feb. 5 publication of the notebooks has been widely criticized in Poland as an act of disloyalty toward the late pope, who said in his will, published at his death in April 2005, that he counted on his secretary to ensure his wishes were observed after his "years of cooperation and help, full of understanding."

An expert on the Catholic Church's communist-era role, Father Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, urged Poles to boycott Znak and said publication of the notebooks would be "very hurtful" in "consciously violating the pope's will."

"In European culture, a final will is always binding, as long as its realization isn't against the law and morality -- this is required not just by legal statutes and good manners, but also by respect for the dead," the priest told Poland's TVN television.

"This public act of disobedience is a form of anti-witness and........

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1 posted on 01/28/2014 6:20:51 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
"Speaking at the January news conference, Cardinal Dziwisz said he would use his share of profits from the book..."

So Card. Dziwicz gets a share of the profits, eh? Was that part of PJPII's will? Mo, since JPII directed that the papers be burned. So who determined that Card. Dziwicz would get "a share of the profits" from the letters? He has a financial interest in the violation of the Pope's will. This smacks of fraud, I believe.

2 posted on 01/28/2014 6:50:31 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (When you see a fork in the road, take it. - Yogi Berra)
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