Sunday, July 10, 2005

Santo Subito a Koln

The Legend's media blitz continues.... And, true to form, he's speaking his mind -- this time to Victor Simpson of the AP.

Pope John Paul II's closest aide said Saturday that he hoped the late pontiff would be made a saint during World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany next month.

"Everything is possible, but I don't know if it would be opportune," Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz told The Associated Press in an interview. But he said the Cologne setting would be perfect because "no one loved young people like the pope and they loved him."

"It would be wonderful for a German pope to canonize a Polish pope in Cologne," he said.

Dziwisz also said Pope Benedict XVI will visit Poland next spring. "He has promised it," he said.

So far, Benedict has only one confirmed foreign trip on his calendar, the Aug.
18-21 visit to Cologne.

Speculation has been swirling about whether he might beatify John Paul during the World Youth Day celebrations - placing the late pope on an even faster track to possible sainthood. Already, Benedict waived the traditional five-year waiting period and allowed the beatification process to officially begin just three months after John Paul died April 2.

Dziwisz, John Paul's trusted private secretary, specified that he wanted John Paul canonized - not just beatified - during the Cologne visit.

Asked if Benedict might declare John Paul a martyr - which would spare the Vatican from having to find and confirm a miracle attributed to John Paul - Dziwisz responded: "In any case, people want him to be a saint."

What is important, he said, is a candidate's "moral rectitude."

"There's no question about that," he said.

Don Stanislaw is floating some interesting balloons these days. But hey, he's earned it. Personally, I'd like to know what Dziwisz thinks of his successor's crass catfighting with all of his perceived rivals.

Stan is off for a new mission, but the longer Georg and Clemens keep up the public spatting as if they were Boy George and George Michael, the strongman role Dziwisz, Capovilla and Macchi held will be but a faded memory.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Jeff said...

What catfighting, Rocco? Your little hints will GUARANTEE that fascinated readers return...they will feel flattered by the assumption that they know what you're alluding to and they'll also hope to figure it out after a while.

But I must whine a bit..."It isn't FAAAAAIR!..." ;-)

You know, you ought to put out a little e-pamphlet, "Rocco Palmo's Pocket Guide to Vatican Politics" with the major players and the curia and all set out for dummies like me and market it to your blog readers. I'll bet it would sell smartly! And you could revise it every six months or so. Seriously...think about it...at least it could supplement the hat passing.

kantors@patriot.net

10/7/05 22:05  
Blogger Jacob said...

I'm with Jeff on that one. Such a guide would make my life sooo much easier. :)

Then I wouldn't have to feel ignorant about wondering about the history of Archbishop Amato!

As Jeff said, seriously consider it.

11/7/05 10:43  

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