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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Recalling Pope John Paul the Great Featured

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pope john paul ii the great by al lzq d2yf8m0Editor’s Introduction

There's no getting around the fact that the perplexing and even scandalous pontificate of Pope Francis has caused the late Pope John Paul II to emerge as the Rock of Gibraltarian Catholic orthodoxy.   But does this reflect how things actually were back in the day, or is it more a case of comparative wishful thinking?

My recently departed mother always admonished her children against speaking ill of the dead, and I have no wish to break that rule, especially with respect to dead popes. In point of fact, John Paul did defend the family and speak out for the unborn like no one else did at the time. But let’s not get carried away—he was the Pope, for heaven’s sake. It’s to be expected that the Holy Father would frown on the idea of murdering babies in their mothers' wombs. One can only hope the bar of orthodoxy isn't buried quite that deep.

Cardinal HE Donald Wuerl welcomes His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama 002Donald William Wuerl (born November 12, 1940) is the sixth Archbishop of Washington, serving since 2006. He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

In this photo from a couple years back, Cardinal Wuerl welcomes the 14th Dalai Lama. During their moment together, they spoke about the ecumenical spirit while holding hands--and this just after His Holiness had given the Cardinal a khata, Kalachakra for World Peace.

The Cardinal recalled his first meeting of His Holiness in the 1970s and subsequently during the Assisi summit of religious leaders in 1986.

UntitledSo the Vatican has ramped up its preoccupation with sex. As has been widely reported here and elsewhere, they've now got their very own sex-education program up and running. Published by the Pontifical Council for the Family, “The Meeting Point: The Adventure of Love,” purports to bring young people up to speed on the question of sex and chastity. And who better to do that than those paragons of virtue over at that Vatican.

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