Tuesday, June 07, 2005

To Burn or Not To Burn

There's a dispute over Pope John Paul II wish to burn his personal papers after his death. The Calcutta Telegraph reported:

Rome, June 6: Pope John Paul II'’s private secretary defended yesterday his decision to defy the man he served faithfully for 40 years by refusing to burn his personal papers.

Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was at the Pope'’s side from his time as a Polish bishop until his death in April, said that although the late pontiff'’s will instructed him to burn the papers, he had not done so because they contained great riches.


"“Nothing has been burnt. None of it deserves to be burnt. Everything should be preserved and kept for posterity, for future generations -— every single sentence. These are great riches that should gradually be made available to the public,"” Archbishop Dziwisz told Polish radio.

However, he gave no timetable.

In his last testament John Paul II said that he was leaving behind no property other than personal effects, to be distributed “as is thought fit”.


He also believed that the material left behind will be “useful to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints as it considers the case for the beatification of the late Pope”, sources said.


I agree with Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz's decision to keep the papers.


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