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April 3, 2005

The Pope's True Revolution

Topics: Faith

According to James Caroll in this Times Online special, John Paul II's legacy is more profound than mere Catholic conservatism. He opines that although we may think of John Paul II as the conservative Pope, and that his pontificate was marked shoring up structures of the past and by a resurgent Roman Catholic traditionalism that set the church against liberalizing forces of all kinds -  he suggests that such a view is wrong. Instead, he says that John Paul II boldly presided over the maturing of political and theological revolutions in Catholicism. Even more, perhaps despite himself, Caroll says that he was a Pope of change, and that he accomplished two radical shifts--one in the church's attitude toward war and the other in its relationship to the Jewish people. Taken together, those represent the most significant change in church history, and they lay the groundwork for future changes that could well go beyond what this Pope foresaw or even wanted.

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Posted by Hyscience at April 3, 2005 3:16 PM

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