Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pope John Paul II - Not an Action Movie Hero

Pope John Paul II must be a fraud, a hypocrite, or something like that. According to some 'serious thinkers,' anyway.

Pope John Paul II didn't
  • Declare homosexual activity 'okay'
Never mind the cognitive dissonance between those two positions.

I'm nowhere near 'intelligent' and 'sophisticated' enough to hold either - or both - of those opinions. My considered opinion is that Pope John Paul II is a human being who died fairly recently, was beatified a few days ago, and whose powers and abilities were not "far beyond those of mortal men."1


Some priests behaved very badly during the last half-century. So did some bishops. In my opinion:
  • That was wrong
  • It wasn't right
  • It shouldn't have happened
  • But it did
  • And that was wrong
In case it isn't clear, by the way: I do not approve of rape. Judgmental as that sounds. I don't have much of a choice in the matter, since I'm a practicing Catholic. It's in the rules. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2356)

Moving on.


I like action movies, like Commando. But I don't think they're a particularly accurate reflection of reality. Which isn't the same as believing that war is never, ever, ever, justified - and that's another topic. (March 22, 2011)

If Pope John Paul II had been an action movie hero, he'd have learned - dramatically - about priests who were abusing their flock, and bishops who were shielding them.

Then, after about 90 minutes and several explosions, everything would be hunky-dory.

I think - and hope - that the folks writing earnest editorials about how miserably Pope John Paul II failed don't believe that life is like an action movie. When they think about it, at least.

Maybe complaints about John Paul II not being sufficiently liberal (or conservative), and not stopping the PEDOPHILE PRIESTS! PEDOPHILE PRIESTS!! scandal, are just more of the usual anti-Catholicism that's been endemic in America for centuries. (September 26, 2008)

Or maybe folks who are disappointed in John Paul II's failure to fix everything the way they want it fixed - feel, at some level, that the Pope and the Catholic Church are much more powerful than we really are. In secular terms, that is.

As I've mentioned before, I joined the Catholic Church in large part because I caught on to Who was running it. And that's yet another topic. (November 24, 2009)

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1 Superman television series, 1952–1958.


Brigid said...

Missing a period: "Moving on"

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Brian Gill said...


Found, fixed - thanks!

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