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April 03, 2005

John Paul II and Liberation Theology

Roy Edroso takes a hard but respectful look at JPII the politician--just read it.

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Lindsay, He was a bitterly reactionary conservative about Church doctrine, and rolled back changes brought to modernize the Church after Vatican II, during which he himself had argued strongly for human rights, as well those proposed by his immediate, more liberal, predecessor. He attacked liberation theology, the idea of an activist Christ, continued the Turin Shroud hoax, brought the ultra-conservative Opus Dei to formal power, reduced the power of the Jesuits for being too liberal and politically engaged. He damned homosexuals, contraception, abortion, and the rights of women, while praising missionary fanatics like the vile Mother Teresa. He deepened the divide between dogma and the real modern world. And perhaps, worst of all, it was on his watch that thousands of pedophile priests ran rampant and were afforded safe haven against prosecution in secular courts. In short, he was the Ken Lay of religion.
All this nonsense about his role in the fall of Communism is just that, as specious as the claims made of Reagan last year. In fifty years, once the Church has been forced into progressivism to stem the loss of believers in an increasingly secular world, he'll be seen for what he was- a bulwark against modernism and human dignity. Yes, he spoke out against wars, but was also against World War 2. In short, he would have emulated the complicity the Church had in Mussolini's rise to power. All in all, not alot there- and most of it negative.
The Pope is dead! Let's abolish the post! DAN

Dan, thank you for stating some obvious truths. John Paul II was a good man, and I doubt that anyone would dispute that. But, he certainly had his flaws - the pedophile scandal was, in my mind, the worst of all. But, given the list of possible successors that I have seen, I doubt we will see any better man in that position in the immediate future. That's sad.

In Germany we have what is called the Echternacher Springprozession, where the faithful hop two steps forward, followed by one step back, a kind of half-speed progress.
It occurs to me that with the election of Josef Ratzinger to the optimal level of transitory pope, we must now adjust the Springprozession: two steps back, followed by one step back.

Oy gevalt!

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google amero dollar - pope john paul's head on the new coins of the future

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