This is not going to be a pitting of JPII himeself but of the endless media glurge as the vultures camp by his deathbed. I’m sick of hearing how many people he “touched” and what his “legacy” is. According to Fox News, he ended communism (I thought Ronald Reagan did that). I’m not much of a Pope watcher so I don’t know everything he did and didn’t do. I know he was the first Pope to admit that the earth revolves around the sun and (tacitly) that evolution is true. I know he apologized to the Jews for the holocaust and also declared (and this was big of him) that the Jews were not responsible for the crucifixion.
Other than that, I just know that he travelled a lot and waved at people from the Popemobile. Somehow that’s supposed to make him the greatest Pope ever. I don’t get it. It seems to me like it’s just overblown reverence for a title, not an individual. For all the talk about this guy, I don’t feel like I know a single thing about his personality or anything he did that was really all that significant.
And what are those people in St. Peter’s Square praying for? Are they praying for him to live? Why? Do they want him to live forever? Some church guy on Fox said we shouldn’t be praying for the Pope we should be praying to him! :eek: Isn’t that idolotry?
Some Fox News reporter at St. Peter’s said she heard one woman wailing about losing our father" and “becoming an orphan.” Another woman told her, “no, he’ll go to heaven and we’ll have our father looking down on us.”
What does that say about the next Pope? Are these people going to be like resentful stepkids? “You’re not my Pope, stop telling me what to do.”
What does it say about God, for that matter? Isn’t he supposed to be the Father in Heaven?
I also notice that the TV pundits are praising this dude through the roof for such mundane things as praying for peace in the middle east or “reaching out” (whatever the hell that means) to people all over the world. They can’t say enough about him being an anti-communist either. But for all that it’s instructive to note that they aren’t saying a word about his opposition to Capital Punishment or to the US invasion of Iraq. Why not? If he’s so wonderful and wise then shouldn’t we listen to that stuff or is he only wise if he doesn’t challenge us or make us uncomfortable?
And, of course, the media has been as silent as a tomb about all that unpleasantness with the pedophiles.
Bush is expressing his usual phony and inarticulate sympathies as well, I see. Never mind that he campaigned at a virulently anti-Catholic Bible School in the 2000 election.
I don’t mean any of this to be a shot at Catholics. I was raised Catholic and am married to one. It’s just supposed to be about the nedia coverage and the absurdly overblown exaggerations about this guy’s historical significance and the goofy histrionics of some of his fans.
By the way, this beautiful humanitarian once told Bosnian rape victims that they had to not only bear the children of their rapists but raise them as well. He wasn’t exactly kind to homosexuals either (at least not the ones who like grown-ups).
If we’re going to talk about the Pope, let’s talk about everything.