'Poland to become an authoritarian theocracy'
That seems to be a natural prize for the service the RCC provided some time ago.
Wojtyła's pontificate, his later beatification and the canonization obviously are only a partial repayment for the service of bringing down Soviet Union.
La Stampa Vatican correspondent Giacomo Galazzi and journalist Ferruccio Pinotti wrote some time ago a book in which they shed some light on the July 1976 future Pope's visit to the United States. On that trip Wojtyła met the Polish-American Zbigniew Brzeziński, Security Advisor for then-President Jimmy Carter, who saw Poland as an element in the larger project of bring down the inconvenient Soviet empire.
Brzezinski does not confirm that there was a "secret plan" involving Wojtyła in bringing down the Soviet Empire, however the Soviets claim that JP2 had been elected with the help of the Americans who wanted to use him as a tool to further their political plans.A pact between the Vatican and the White House against the soviet empire
Brzezinski's brainwave of harnessing religious zeal to beat communism had two extreme though opposite effects. The force of Christianity was a major factor in undermining Soviet communist domination of East Europe. Its lands turned around to embrace democratic change, a pro-Western orientation and a market economy in a still-evolving process.