Be you Catholic or not, you have to respect the man who stood as the religious leader of the largest sect of Christianity today.
Pope John Paul II lived and worked through the second World War where he studied theology in secrecy and had watched numerous friends and compatriots hauled off to concentration camps. He survived an assassination attempt on his life in 1981, which had been prophesied by three children in 1917. He saw the collapse of communism, and was instrumental in leading to the Polish revolution against communism.
While seen as a progressive minded leader, the late Pope John Paul II was also quite the traditionalist when it came to issues on sexuality. While many I know (myself included) disagree vehemently with the Pope, and by default the Church’s position on these issues, I can not help but respect his steadfastness and conviction of beliefs. He was indeed the strong and determined leader he needed to be.
Pope John Paul II’s death today marks the beginning of turbulent times for the Catholic Church. The next Pope will surely have a dilemma of direction to address, as the late Pope John Paul II had indeed taken the church to conflicting social directions which will be difficult for his successor, let alone the world congregation to reconcile.
The world is now destined to wait a few weeks with anticipation of the white smoke form the Sistine Chapel to mark the completed election of the next Pope.
Interesting times these are in which we live. Interesting times to come indeed. A new world order has been in the making for the past 15 years, will this regime change be the catalyst for more radical changes? Only time will tell us now….