Saturday, April 02, 2005


I've been glued to Fox News and EWTN for the past couple of days. But then I wandered away to play with Mathematica and when I came back to the television, it was just being announced that Pope John Paul II had passed away. I am experiencing a distinct sadness but also pride in the Catholic Church and the conduct of this particular Pope. He, along with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, was one of the great anti-Communist warhorses of the 1980s who forced the Soviet Union to its end. Just as crucially, he stopped the erosion of fidelity to Catholic dogma, loyalty to the Papacy and to the Magisterium that was being accelerated by liberal "Catholics" who used what they insisted was the "spirit of Vatican II" for their own immoral ends. Pray for the soul of the Pope and pray for Holy Spirit to guide the cardinals to select a new Pope who will continue to defend the 2000-year-old Catholic faith.

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