Saturday, April 2, 2005

Farewell Pope John Paul II

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.

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