Pope fosters greater good

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Posted: Monday, October 27, 2003

They came 50,000 of them to St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Thursday. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II, a man who is ailing but whose Christian career has been spent trying to make the world well and whole. He has had success. ...

The pope has been described as someone who fits neatly in no ideological camp, someone quick to condemn both socialists and capitalists when their systems threaten the dignity of the individual. When he has decried the ''culture of death,'' he has had in mind more than abortion. He has also had capital punishment in mind. His overall message has been one of love and care as reflected in his faith, and he has inspired people worldwide. ...

Some fault him as being insufficiently strong as the Catholic Church in America has been hit by scandal, and it is conceivable that in his younger, more robust days, he would have acted with more vigor to institute reform. He has not put the institution of the church above the principles of the institution, though, as was shown when he asked for forgiveness of church sins over the past two millennia.

While some we are not among them would say he thereby endangered church authority, he clearly believed in repentance as crucial to accomplishing greater moral good. And greater moral good is what this pope has so magnificently fostered over the past quarter of a century.

Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald - Oct. 21

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