Vatican bureaucracy can leave popes in dark: JPII secretary

Obstructed by bureaucracy

At times, Blessed Pope John Paul II was not well informed by his associates, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, secretary to the former Pope, reports the Catholic News Agency.

Cardinal Dziwisz recently released a book, I Lived with a Saint, published in Italian. It is co-written with Italian journalist Gianfranco Svidercoschi, a former vice-director of L’Osservatore Romano.

It is a first-person narration of Cardinal Dziwisz’ story of serving at John Paul II's side, from the moment he was ordained a priest by the then-auxiliary bishop of Krakow in 1963.

Svidercoschi discussed some examples of the misinformation given to John Paul II, or lack of information given – for example what he was told of Oscar Romero, who was Archbishop of San Salvador, in El Salvador, from 1977 to 1980.

Archbishop Romero was shot March 24, 1980 as he said Mass. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints authorized the opening of his cause in 1993. As part of the inquiry into the cause of a possible saint, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reviews the person's writings to ensure they are free of doctrinal error.

The review of Archbishop Romero’s writings and homilies had been 'blocked' in the Congregation from 2000 to 2005, according to sources who worked for the cause.

FULL STORY Vatican bureaucracy can leave Popes uninformed, JPII secretary reveals

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