Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: R.I.P. John Paul 2nd...
John Paul was a giant of the Cold War age. He was an instrumental part of the fall of communism, and as such should go down in history as a truly great man who successfully waged peace to win the same things that those who wage war desire to obtain. In the post Cold War world, however, he simply was a man behind the times in adjusting to the changing morality of the planet. His refusal to lift the sanctions on the use of condoms and birth control were especially short sighted, as was his continued insistance on the sinfulness of homosexuals. On the other hand, he was the only leader of a major religion to acknowledge that the theory is evolution is true, and directed the eductional establishments of the Catholic Church to reconcile its dogma to scientific truth, something our own even more medieval protestant churches are unable to do. I personally don't blame the guy on the child molestation matter - he entered his dotage about seven years ago and I don't think he has been all there since about the age of seventy seven - his cardinals did most of the running of day to day operations, and they tried to cover each other's collective butts, really messing up the entire sorry affair even more than it had to be. All and all tho, I still think he was an historic pope, probably one of the best of the past century, given that sorry lot who ignored the plight of the Jews, the carnage of World War I, and cooperation with Hitler while they hobnobbed with the rich aristotic classes of Europe and South America - John Paul was of a different stripe - he saw the people the church was supposed to serve as Christ saw them, the week, the sick and the poor. Our own protestant leaders stand as blood sucking gnats next to this giant of a man.
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