Tuesday, June 07, 2005

To Burn or Not To Burn?

AP is reporting that someone close to Pope John Paul II isn't following the instructions of the papal will and testament. Here's how the story appeared in the London Herald.
The late Pope's private secretary said he did not burn the former pontiff's notes, as his will demanded, arguing that the papers contain "great riches" and should be preserved. Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, who worked with John Paul II from 1966 until his death earlier this year, told Polish radio there were a lot of manuscripts, but offered no details.

"Nothing has been burned," he said. "Nothing is fit for burning, everything should be preserved and kept for history, for the future generations – every single sentence.

"These are great riches that should gradually be made available to the public," Dziwisz added.

In a March 1979 entry to his testament, John Paul said he left no material property and asked that Dziwisz burn all his personal notes.

In his radio interview, Dziwisz suggested some of the notes could prove useful in the late pontiff's beatification process.
Dziwisz added that he took daily notes throughout John Paul's papacy, which he said also could prove useful to that process.
We've all been taught to obey our father and mother. What's the consequence for disobeying specific, personal instructions of the Holy Father?

What do you think? To burn or not to burn. That is the question.


At 4:04 PM, June 08, 2005, Blogger Talmida said...

Dziwisz totally betrayed the confidence that JPII entrusted him with. Shame on him! The papers should have been - and should be burned.

JPII knew very well that anything written during his papacy would be given great importance -- presumably that is WHY he wanted his notes burned, because he didn't want them given great importance!!

This is Pope-idolatry, to disobey the Pope's last wishes for some "higher" purpose. Honestly, the more I think about it, the madder I get -- what a backstabber that secretary was! Grrrrrrr......

At 7:56 AM, June 09, 2005, Blogger CafeCath said...

I'm right there with you. And, while he says his intentions were "to assist in the beatification", don't you think there's a book deal in the works somewhere?


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