Friday, April 01, 2005

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II is near death, and is not expected to survive the weekend.

He was a force for good in this world. The pope helped fight Communism, feeling that people should be allowed their religious freedom. He stood for that in a time when few did.

From Hugh Hewitt:
"Such an outpouring of deep sorrow I don't think the world will have seen since Churchill died.

"With Reagan and
Solzhenitsyn, John Paul II represents the three forces of opposition to communism that shattered the evil empire, the Soviet Union --the American-led West, the Eastern European resistance, and the Russian dissident movement. They also represented the three spheres of opposition: political, artistic and spiritual. Each man came into the field of his greatness later in life, and each has endured hard circumstances in their later years."

We are witnessing the final traces of a difficult age fading away, an age dark and heavy with oppression and with Armageddon waiting in the wings. The key figures of the final years of the Cold War are leaving the stage, leaving it to us; and leaving us to find our own way in this new wilderness of the post-Cold War world. They leave us, but they give us their examples.

Which are a pretty good foundation to build on.


At 1:36 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Vatican denies reports pope has died
Updated: 4/1/2005 2:39 PM
By: Capital News 9 web staff

The Vatican has denied reports that Pope John Paul II has died.

Fox News is quoting Vatican sources that there is still heart and brain function. Reportedly, Italian media organizations are backing away from earlier reports that John Paul II had died.

At 10:51 AM, Blogger A said...

Very respectful comments about John Paul II. Your historical perspective on his lifetime contributions shows how much he offered to the world during his years as the Pope. BTW, I'm not Catholic, but as a Protestant, I appreciate that JPII made it clear that the way to salvation was through Jesus.


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