Long-time Secretary of the Polish Pope, claims John Paul II was the first Pope to systematically introduce the protection of children and young people into the Church.
Krakow (kath.net) John Paul II was the first Pope to systematically introduce the protection of children and youth in the Church. Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz spoke with these words on Wednesday, as the Polish Bishops' Conference announced in a press release. The longtime secretary of the Polish Pope turned in a paper in six points against the recent and increasingly charged allegations that John Paul had done too little against abuse by clerics and therefore was not a worthy saint.
Dziwisz spoke of "repeated misinformation in some media that deceives many people." John Paul actually represented an "uncompromising stance" on the issue of child protection, the cardinal stressed. In 2001, he obliged all bishops and religious superiors of the Catholic Church to report suspected cases of abuse of the Congregation of the Faith. For example, according to the will of the Pope, the latter had also filed an investigation against the founder of the Legionnaires of Christ, the Mexican Marcial Maciel Degollado. In 2004, today's Archbishop of Malta, Charles Scicluna, traveled to Mexico for surveys. Thus, with the beginning of the pontificate of Benedict in 2005, there was a final judgment.
Dzwisz then recalls that in the beatification and canonization process for John Paul 122 witnesses had testified. The popes Benedict XVI. and Francis had both acknowledged the sanctity of their predecessor, and the Holy See had recognized as miracles two inexplicable healings as the intercession of John Paul.
"Therefore, the attempt to defame St. John Paul II offends the feelings of millions of people around the world for whom St. John Paul II is an undeniable authority and a strong advocate," explains Cardinal Dziwisz literally. He expressly thanked Pope Francis for having "put an end to the attempts to vilify the Polish Pope" and "made it forcefully clear" that "no one can doubt the sanctity of John Paul II". Already in March 2019, Dziwisz had published a similar letter in defense of Pope John Paul.
As Crux opines:
There’s long been speculation that key aids of John Paul II, including Dziwisz, who valued the support McCarrick delivered to the Solidarity movement in Poland, had a hand in McCarrick’s ecclesial career. The theory is that those architects of John Paul’s papacy chose to ignore question marks about McCarrick since he was useful to them in other areas.
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