Saturday, April 02, 2005

The Pope is dead. No doubt you know this by now. Whatever you may think of him, he was a great and charismatic man, a globetrotting missionary for the causes of world peace, the fundamental right to life and dignity and the ecumenism that's kept me from breaking away completely from Catholicism, to maybe run into the arms of the nearest available Zen Buddhist.

This was the guy who apologized on behalf of Catholics for their centuries-old shabby treatment of Jews. This was a conservative prelate who, following in the footsteps of the previous pontiff, strengthened Church initiatives to reach out to our separated brethren (Protestants, Evangelicals, Anglicans etc.) and other people of goodwill.

I may not agree with him on certain issues, but I respect him all the more for sticking to his principles without having to play the Inquisition card.

Rest in peace, Karol Wojtyla.

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