Isn't one of the primary tasks of a secretary to be a gatekeeper?
Blessed John Paul II’s 2004 meeting with and praise of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who later was banished to a life of penance because of sexual abuse, was a mistake, said the late Pope’s longtime secretary.
“The Holy Father should not have received that individual,” said Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who served as personal secretary to the former Pope for 39 years.
In a new book, Ho Vissuto con un Santo (I Lived with a Saint), released in early November, Cardinal Dziwisz said the meeting was just one example of a serious lack of communication in the Roman Curia, which Blessed John Paul tried, largely without success, to reform.
Although rumours had been circulating for years that the Legion’s founder, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, had sexually abused seminarians, Cardinal Dziwisz said, “When the Holy Father met him, he knew nothing, absolutely nothing. For him, he was still the founder of a great religious order and that’s it. No one had told him anything, not even about the rumours going around.”
“Unfortunately,” the cardinal said, “it was the consequence of a still extremely bureaucratic structure” where important information was not always shared.
"...the rumours going around?" Odd admission to make now, and what does it tell about the complicity within the curia? The very curia that DePaolis refuses to consider as complicit in this whole mess.
“I find it insulting, I repeat, insulting,” Cardinal Dziwisz said, “that some people continue to put John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger, first as congregation prefect, then as Pope, in opposition on this question, attributing to one or the other a desire to cover up this horrible plague.”
If they are innocent (which I believe to a great extent) then one MUST look at the gatekeepers, n'est-ce pas?