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April 7, 2005

Goldberg on the Pope: The Splendor of Truth

Topics: Faith

I found this article via RightWingSparkle, who said its "The best article on Pope John Paul II I have read so far and it was written, not by a Catholic, but a Jew." I read it, and she's right. Jonah's grasp of the more meaningful nuances of Church history as they relate to the notion of a sphere of liberty and morality not bound to the state is much hardier then mine, and I'm a practicing Catholic. I actually felt a lump in my throat when I read Jonah's take on John Paul's views as being "unswervingly consistent with a vision of the world bound not by the ideological categories of the moment but by the standards of eternity."

(...)  "The name Goldberg might be a hint: I'm not Catholic. But that didn't stop me from loving this pope. So much has already been written about the humble man appointed to the most awe-inspiring job in the world, it seems silly to repeat all of the encomiums and accolades. Karol Wojtyla was a funny, lighthearted man by all accounts, so I think he'd get it if I merely said "ditto" to all of the wonderful things said about him."

(...)  This raises one of the great ironies John Paul pushed onto the consciousness of the world. The Catholic Church was the first real advocate of globalization. Communism was another globalizing force ("Workers of the world unite!" and all that). Even though Stalin's ghost still mocked that the pope had no divisions, Karol Wojtyla pitted his universal creed -- the splendor of truth! -- against the crust of Communism's lies. And, with the aid of other lovers of liberty, this pope won.

(...)  Some of John Paul the Great's detractors saw his "social conservatism" as a contradiction to his criticism of capitalism run amok, or regarded his opposition to the death penalty as at odds with his opposition to abortion. John Paul confounded so many because his views on these and other issues were unswervingly consistent with a vision of the world bound not by the ideological categories of the moment but by the standards of eternity. My guess is his vision will be debated long after words like right and left have melted away like the snows of Canossa.

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Posted by Hyscience at April 7, 2005 9:06 PM

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