Here's a quote from the AP release on the beatification ceremony:
"He restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope," Benedict said in his homily, referring to John Paul's decisive role in helping bring down communism
Restored hope? I thought Pope John XXVIII and Vatican II did that. isn't one of the rationales behind practicing any religion that it provides hope as well as solace?
Sun 1 May, 2011 09:17 am
This was the pope who ignored the pedophile scandal for years. His "miracle" was the supposed cure of a nun with Parkinson's. There's been doubts raised about that. So it's the perennial Catholic bullshit.
If you aren't Catholic, I don't really see why this would bother you one way or another. I know it's hip to be all anti-religious and stuff on A2K or to be the bible literalistic fool that others appear to be.
In the grand scheme of things, it matters little.
Sun 1 May, 2011 04:08 pm
The Catholics desperately need a super hero now.
The Church is offering up the only guy that made it hip to be Catholic.
I agree with Tim Rutten too. The period of time with Cardinal Ratzinger and Hans Kung going at it theologically tooth and nail was when I got disgusted myself and woke up to find I didn't believe any of it. At any rate, the church changed with the rise of Cardinal Ratzinger, for much the worse in my point of view, including the intensified naming of conservative cardinals around the world by both himself as Benedict and Pope John Paul II.