My sincere condolences on the passing of a great man, Pope John Paul II. He will be admired and remembered for many things. As I am of Polish descent on my father's side, his contribution as a leader in advancing the cause of freedom in Eastern Europe is first and foremost in my admiration, but his moral consistency must also be recognized -- even by those of us who would not necessarily agree with all of his views.
Update: It's also worth pointing out, as is alluded to in this article, John Paul II was the first Pope of the information age. He embraced many different forms of communiction: books, CDs, and the web and electronic messaging. It's all the more remarkable when you consider that in contrast to most other leaders of his stature in the world, he didn't have to campaign for re-election.
1. Ben Rose04/05/2005 03:57:53 AM
The effect of this death in a country that is based on the Church of England religion is quite amazing me. Even the Royal Wedding has been postponed and the Monarchy abandoned catholicism a long time ago!
Interesting story here.... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4307499.stm