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Yeah, it's been clear for a while that Ratty is way to the right of Wojtyla. At least as conservative on the sexual stuff, and far more so on everything else.  In Poland he's been systematically appointing bishops from the hard right wing of the church, while JPII tended to take them from the middle and liberal wings. The two exceptions over the past few years, ironically to the two top posts weren't really his choice. He appointed JP's old top adviser to the archdiocese of Krakow (similar to JPII's appointment of the right wing Glemp to the Warsaw post), and in Warsaw he appointed a moderate in a last minute scramble after it turned out that his preferred extreme right wing choice had worked as an informer for the secret police.
by MarekNYC on Fri Jan 23rd, 2009 at 09:23:58 AM EST

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