A new day has come…

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The Pope is dead. Long live the Pope.

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….

5 Responses to “A new day has come…”

  1. Very well said. I grew up Roman Catholic; I feel that the position of Pope needs to be as respected as President or Premier or whatever. You phrased this very well … I think I’m going to send people from my journal to yours to read it.

    Thanks! I actually “heard” the news from you first.

  2. Thank you!

    I truly appreciate the compliment!

    While I grew up as a United Methodist, and nearly entered the clergy, I have since fallen away from the Church proper and have chosen to worship in my own way with my own ideas of “religion”. Suffice to say, I still retain a respect for the man who has lead so many people in their faith whether I agree with it or not.

    To be fair, I did not entry the ministry for 2 distinct reasons:
    1. I was unable to lead a body of worship amounting to 300 people. I tried it a few times, it just didn’t work for me. Not my calling.
    2. I found I was unable to preach a doctrine I myself did not agree with in total and complete devotion. If _I_ can’t believe what I am saying, how can I preach “party line” to anyone else?

    For this alone, I have a great respect for this man who obviously held such a deep conviction and devotion to his faith.

  3. Re: Thank you!

    I just said some of the same things at my journal. I love the interesting conversations I have with Karen about belief and worship all the time.

    Transferring that thought a little. I have a problem frequently with teaching hardline evolution and geology to our students, simply because I do not know exactly how old the Earth is. And if I don’t know, how can I straight-facedly tell students, “oh, yes, the earth is 47 trillion years old,” or whatever the date is. I have coworkers who can rattle off those numbers with surprising ease and clarity, whereas I stumble every time and have taken to just saying “I’ll be honest, I don’t know exactly how old the Earth is. None of us were here, so how can we really know for sure?”

  4. Whereas I look at him as the very symbol of bigotry and staunch intolerance. Sadly, his successor will be of the same mold, I fear.

  5. And I would never take that away from you.

    For all his political progressiveness, he was indeed staunchly intolerant with issues of sexuality. Perhaps it was the difference between the man and the office. Where politically he was only “guided” by his faith, while being directed by doctrine to maintain the “Church’s” position.

    Or perhaps I am only wishing it be so. Lest my respect for his devotion be tarnished by his social intolerance.

    His successor, I also fear, will be more directionally motivated. The Church needs to be brought back to a more centralized focus and mission rather than splintered with conflicting beliefs as it is now. Social intolerance will most likely become worse because of it…


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