Rome’s ‘Master of the Sacred Palace’

By Robert Duncan
Catholic News Service

ROME — Last year I produced a profile of Dominican Father Wojciech Giertych, theologian of the papal household, for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. As theologian of the papal household, he is the official editor of all drafts of texts and speeches presented to the pope for him to read or issue in his name. Father Giertych’s task is to ensure that the contents of the drafts are in line with Catholic tradition.

I spent four hours filming an in-depth interview with Father Giertych last spring and was able to visit his quarters. In this video, which contains the first three minutes of a 20-minute program, Father Giertych comments on the state of modern society and on his role in guarding the deposit of faith. He does this while giving us a “special performance” of Chopin’s “Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor.” It is said that the pope, who lives two floors above him, will answer his Chopin-playing with a bit of Mozart.

Enjoy, and for the full program, visit!

Robert Duncan is a multimedia journalist in the Catholic News Service Rome bureau.