John Paul ll and Anna Theresa

De Rosa

Peter De Rosa was one of  Great Britain’s best Catholic theologians who broke with the institution after Humanae Vitae. He left the priesthood in 1970 and became a Staff Producer for the BBC in London. He then became a full-time writer in 1978., He wrote Bless Me, Father which became a TV sensation shown in thirty-five countries. Other publications include Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy; Rebels: The Irish Uprising of 1916 and Pope Patrick a hilarious send up of papal politics. He currently lives in Bournemouth. His short book is available on Amazon



When John Paul II was beatified and canonized there was no mention of a mystery woman who had dominated his life. He called her ‘My dear Teresa Anna’.
Now his letters to Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka over a span of 30 years have just been revealed. There are hundreds of them. They constitute an essential missing fragment of his autobiography.
He had appeared before millions of Catholics in country after country and gave no hint of what he was really like or what went on deep in his mind and heart.
Those were secret places that only one p

erson had access to: his Polish compatriot Anna-Teresa. To her he was utterly devoted.
The cache of letters took the Vatican by surprise. Officials laughed at the idea of a special relationship between the Pope and a married woman as ‘smoke without mirrors’. Was this wishful thinking or one big lie?
They surely saw that this is the most devastating exposé of a public figure in our time. It is likely to influence the Church’s approach to priestly celibacy for generations to come.
The letters reveal the identity of this woman who came out from under the Vatican radar. She was married with three children and a husband very much alive. For decades, she had been more intimate with John Paul than any woman has been with any pope in centuries.
She was no Mother Teresa, either, but as beautiful as he was handsome.
For many years, from his days as Cardinal of Krakow in Poland, they vacationed together. Coloured photographs have now come to light of them together in one beauty spot after another. On occasion, he was bare to the waist in a pair of shorts, looking happy and relaxed. This scarcely suggests that he was giving the lady spiritual direction.
In his letters, he speaks of her as his ‘vocation’, the one who gave meaning to his life, first as Cardinal and then as Pope.
He gave her his most precious possession, a scapular whose full significance I bring out in this book. John Paul had worn it for over 40 years. He wanted his Teresa Anna to wear it close to her skin for the rest of her life so he could feel her presence even when they were continents apart.
She even had a hitherto unknown behind-the-scenes role in getting John Paul elected as Pope. That, too, is an intriguing story.
When he became Supreme Pontiff, she alone had free access to his private papal apartment where they often took meals together. In summers, she would spend quality time with him in his glorious retreat in Castel Gandolfo among the Alban Hills.
After he was shot four times in St Peter’s Square by a would-be assassin, she flew in from America to be by his bedside, one of the very few visitors permitted to see him.
In his final years, John Paul wrote to her many times, telling her that the happiest days of his life were spent in her home in Vermont where they walked the hills and woods together.
The day before he died, his Teresa Anna was with him to bid him goodbye.
From then on, the Vatican treated her as a nobody. That was a major blunder. The letters prove that this Nobody was the uncrowned Queen of Pope John Paul’s heart.


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    mushafta Says:

    Impossible! Nothing more than platonic! He was 100 per cent celibate and 200 per cent papal! Popes don’t do such things!
    And besides, miracles have been attributed to him. He is a saint!
    This is all a fabrication!

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    I don’t come on this forum often, but is there only one Schmidt fan on here? Mushafta is the only one who comments, soon after the posts. A one fan show.

    Where the hell is 45francesco? He usually comments on these things, revealing the poor grasp of logic? Either he’s on vacation or he’s been blocked. I’d hate to think Ted would block out his opposition, devoted as he is to the principles of democracy and free speech, etc.

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    mushafta Says:

    Did you ever notice that Ted has a hide thicker than leather off a cow? Whether there’s one or zero comments on his blog he really doesn’t write this stuff to get applause. He’s a gifted prophetic writer and a full time critical thinker of all things. Yes I know Catholic hierarchy of this country would love to see him gone as would Netanyahu and man others. Ted’s more than a thorn in many sides.

    Deal with the facts. Ted is right on with his continued pounding of the Palestinian issue. Our Canadian and other media has ignored it. But Ted carries this cross despite the indifference and despite the applause.

    His attention to social justice is what is sadly lacking in Canadian media- religious and other. Pathetic. He’s a great guy and doing a marvellous job here!

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    mushafta Says:

    Great to see this story in NCR today wherein Sanders pays tribute to Pope Francis’ socialist views!
    Ha emus papam socialistam!

    n Catholic TV interview, Bernie Sanders praises pope’s ‘socialism’
    Joshua J. McElwee | Feb. 22, 2016 NCR Today
    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders praises Pope Francis in a new video interview with the Canadian Catholic television network Salt + Light, calling the pontiff a socialist like himself and lauding his critique of the global market system.
    Sanders, who spoke to the network back in September during the pope’s visit to the U.S., also says Francis is having a “profound impact” on people all over the world.

    “I think what the pope has done, in a very bold way … is raise the issue of the worship of money, the idolatry of money, and to say maybe that’s not what human life should be about,” says the Democrat. “That is a very, very radical critique of the hyper-capitalist system, world system, that we’re living in today.”

    “I think that the pope is playing an historical role coming at exactly the right moment in human history, where his voice is having a profound impact, not only on our country, but all over the world,” he states.

    Sanders speaks in an interview with Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica, who heads the Canadian network and also assists the Vatican press office with English-language press inquiries. The interview will air for the first time Tuesday evening, and will then be made available on the network’s YouTube channel.

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