Thursday, March 31, 2005

Pope's health worsens

The news is reporting that Pope John Paul II has received the last rites, although this hasn't been confirmed.
With his health deteriorating, perhaps he will soon go into eternal life. I think he'll go down in history as a very great Pope. How do you view the Pope's pontificate?


ADR (Louisiana) said...

George Weigel, in a recent address here, summed up the achievements of John Paul's pontificate in the words Andre Frossart cabled home to Paris the week after JPII's installation: "We have here not a pope from Poland, but a pope from Galilee."

I can say no better.

Anonymous said...

John Paul is an ecumenical Polish liberal. What pope kisses a koran denying the divinity of Jesus Christ? Or puts a statue of Buddah right near a tabernacle? He'll go down as a great loser- in the eyes of the courageous martyrs and heroic saints.

Jonathan said...

I've heard him called John Paul the Great and I think that is appropriate. He has done many amazing things throughout his time as Pope that I think will assure his place among the greats-- the fight against communism, his tireless work for life, his insightful and much needed Theology of the Body, and his reaching out to the Orthodox-- just to name a few. Plus, as the public face of Catholicism his integrity and holiness have helped to bring many Protestants (such as myself) to the Church.

I just found your blog. Keep up the good work!

Joanne said...

This has been a difficult day. With 24/7 internet access, a home office where I can work with the TV on, etc., I have too much access to news. I drove down to my parish church this evening to pray John Paul's great gift of the luminous mysteries.

He is the Pope who prayed me back into full practice of my faith. After my connection became tenuous in my twenties, I saw him on TV, praying in a Marian chapel in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, my home diocese. I saw the joy in the people around him, and in my heart I heard a call to come home come home to the joy that was my birthright. And I started going to Mass again. Then I made the brave move and walked through the velvet curtain into a confessional (after more than a decade away) and looked myself in the face again. I feel deeply indebted to him in a personal way.

He is a little older than my dad. I think that I am beginning to feel the burden of that great generation's imminent passing.

He makes me proud to be Catholic. I can't bear the thought of losing him, but it is so painful to see how he suffers. What it cost him in the last few public appearances just to raise his hand to bless us.

Paul N. said...

I tried to post a comment, and it was long, so I won't type all of it again.

Instead of JP the Great, I'll counter with JP the Beloved.

Jonathan said...

Yes, that is perhaps even more appropriate. Good thinking.

Sr. Lorraine said...

Thanks for sharing that story, Joanne. It's a beautiful testimony of faith!

Paul N. said...

I think there are plenty of people that take issue with some things that were/weren't done, but, just as we *should* be with our own parents, we should honor our beloved Papa, even if we have questions about particular things.

No Pope will be perfect, and if we expect perfection, we're doing a disservice to the Office and to the Church itself.

He's not perfect, but anybody who actually harbors a dislike of John Paul is a person who has issues.