Monday, April 04, 2005
Not being Catholic, it's hard for me to relate to the emotional loss most Catholics are feeling with the loss of John Paul II. My sadness is more from a historical perspective. I've studied some of the Popes throughout history. Some were great, some were murderous, and some did little to further their cause. This Pope was different.
He came into his office with a different view of the world. He made every effort to advance his church throughout South America, Asia, Eastern Europe, and most importantly, Africa. He also attempted to make amends to the various cultures or religions that were harmed by his church in the past.
Most importantly, he stuck to his word. He did what he knew was right, and never wavered in the face of adversity. His word was as good as gold, and that is something very few people can ever say about themselves.
No, he wasn't perfect, but he came closer to perfection than any of his predecessors.
To my Catholic friends, my heart goes out to you. I also wish you luck with the next Pope. Hopefully he'll be as visionary and steadfast as the last guy.
Here's a link to a great article about Pope John Paul II.
posted by El Capitan at 9:24 AM