Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: R.I.P. John Paul 2nd...
The pope was a man of his times. He was a very old man - he grew up in the 1930's and spent his young manhood directly experiencing the horrors of Nazism and Communism. He was instrumental in managing the fall of Communism, which could have turned into a horrible blood bath but was instead probably the most peacefull revolutionary transition in history. Given the man's age and cultural background, I would not expect him to have liberal social attitudes anymore than I would expect my 96 year old grandmother to. Each pope has his own central challenge of history - the popes before him failed miserably in meeting the challenges of Imperialism, Nazism and Communism, and we can blame many of them for today's third world poverty, espeically in South America where the eariler popes sided with the rich against the poor. This pope was the exception - he met the central challenge of his papacy with heroism and dedication to what many of of believe is the actual point of Christianity - a desire to see the poor and the enslaved uplifted. I am not a Catholic, and I have no use whatsoever for the Catholic Church's views on social issues, but that does not blind me to the fact this was a truly great man. The social issues will become the central challenge of the next papacy. John Paul has actually laid the ground work for earth shaking changes in this area, simply by his action of recognizing evolution as being true. The cardinals who rule the church, knowing they face falling enrollment and apathy due to their outmoded social views, will recognize that their duty, which is to ensure the survival of Catholicism, will be to choose a pope who will move their church into the future.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address