I must say I am sad at the news that the Pope died today. I got home late last night and stayed up for a bit watching the coverage on television. If anything, it got Terri Schiavo's sad story off cable. Thank God. Literally.
Like many Catholics, I am far more liberal than what the Church teaches and the Pope preached. But here is why I think he was a good man:
* He helped bring about the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe and Russia
* He apologized for the mistakes of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust
* He loved children
* He opposed the war in Iraq and told President Bush so
* He spoke out about hunger, poverty and war
I hope he went straight to heaven.