DZIWISZ, Stanislaw Cardinal (1939 – )
Polish cardinal; retired archbishop of Cracow (2016). Longtime personal secretary to Pope St. John Paul II.
TLS – Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, August 2015. Written to dealer Ron Weekes concerning authentication of the autograph of Pope John Paul II. Now in retirement, Dziwisz’s autograph is less commonly encountered.
Despite an illustrious ecclesiastical career in Rome and Poland, his ministry was overshadowed by two scandals involving Benedictine cardinal Hans Hermann Groēr of Austria and Legion of Christ founder Father Macial Maciel Degollado of Mexico; the latter charged with having fathered several children as well as child abuse — both investigations thwarted by Dziwisz, likely at the insistence of Pope John Paul II.