If I am reading the tea leaves correctly (help me out here) then we have come to the ultimate dilemma concerning the Church and Maciel: The only way that the canonisation proceeds unsullied (in the world's eyes) is to insist that Blessed John Paul II didn't know the truth about Maciel -- the man he praised as "a model for youth." And the only way for all of the reports and complaints and rumours to have failed to reach him would have been for the staff members of various dicasteries to have deliberately stopped them. Cold. The staff members, many of whom are still in place and are now tasked with heaping accolades on a man they evidently failed to serve. Which undercuts their authority in praising him, no?
If all of that information concerning MM was tabled, stifled, squelched, put into circular files,shuffled, shredded, burnt, or otherwise destroyed, then Maciel had many conspirators. Many were complicit. Why do the different dicasteries exist if not to sift and sort this very information for the good of the Church?
Either John Paul was derelict or his staff was. To promote and support this canonisation means, ipso facto, that Maciel's collaborators exist (because to say that no one was complicit and that simply no information was available to anyone is absurd -- and indicates that the entire bureaucracy is incompetent; and no one here is suggesting that).
- Here an Apostolic Nuncio for Mexico insists that JP2 was innocent;
- Here is an account of Cardinal Dziwisz's book, which insists that JP2 was innocent;
- Joaquin Navarro-Valls is remarkably vague about what John Paul knew, and when;
His personal secretary, Dziwisz, looks for some sort of middle ground:
“Unfortunately,” the cardinal said, “it was the consequence of a still extremely bureaucratic structure” where important information was not always shared.
Bull feathers. Like the phrase "Mistakes were made," this is the sort of passive-voice explanation where no one is to blame, and a shrug is supposed to deflect the attention of those who wish to dig deeper. The black eye is there in all its shiny glory. It couldn't be avoided, and as much as I love Holy Mother Church, that love would mean nothing if I didn't love the truth just as much. And thus the truth radiates its own power, and throws a spotlight into the shadows which have tarnished our beloved Church.
These enablers thought they could pass undetected, but by pushing this canonisation -- and taking to the microphones pronouncing his ignorance of facts they neglected to share with him, they've been hoist by their own petard.