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Pope John Paul II Passes

John on April 2, 2005 at 12:59 pm

Just learned an hour ago that the Pope had passed away at 9AM in the morning, Vatican Time. Southern Baptists aren’t supposed to have much use for Popes, at least historically, but I think you’d have to look pretty hard to find believers in any denomination who didn’t have some respect for this man. He was considered an “evangelical” pope, though I didn’t know there was any other kind. He probably had more in common with American evangelicals than many mainline churches do today. Here’s a biography of sorts by one of my favorite writers.

The commentary on TV is of one of two types. Either praising the Pope for his accomplishments or using the opportunity to air the grievances of Catholics who didn’t like his traditional stands on abortion, etc.

Along these lines, the NY Times which never dissapoints posted it’s obituary today. The overall theme (I kid you not) seems to be: he lived too long. The times also included a telling error when the piece was first posted:

Even as his own voice faded away, his views on the sanctity of all human life echoed unambiguously among Catholics and Christian evangelicals in the United States on issues from abortion to the end of life.

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John Paul II’s admirers were as passionate as his detractors, for whom his long illness served as a symbol for what they said was a decrepit, tradition-bound papacy in need of rejuvenation and a bolder connection with modern life.

The “Need quote” line has since been removed, though they never did find one. Probably didn’t have any such persons on the rolodex.

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