April 01, 2005

The End of an Era.

Pope John Paul II has passed from this earth. Now begins the process of selecting the next leader of the Catholic church.

Regardless of your opinions of church doctrine or politics, you have to admit that were it not for his involvement with the Solidarity Movement in Poland before the fall of the Soviet Union, Poland would have remained firmly entrenched in communism for longer than it did.

He was an instrumental part of the fall of the Soviet Union, and was more conservative than predecessor, Pope Paul, who lead the church during the 60's and 70's.

He is gone. God rest his soul. May God watch over the College of Cardinals and guide them to select a worthy successor to the throne of St. Peter.

Posted by Mamamontezz at April 1, 2005 12:43 PM

Some very sad posts lately...

God has a plan, I am sure...

Posted by: Dana at April 1, 2005 12:52 PM

God I feel old.....Sad day today .

Posted by: LC/Ib NeilV at April 1, 2005 04:41 PM

When a Pope dies, I always ask a question, Why don't they put a younger man in the Pope chair? I am not a fish eater, but I was raised with nothing but families of real fish eaters. I know all about them, Cat.

Posted by: catfish at April 1, 2005 05:14 PM

What an awful week this has been.

The Holy Father has been like a beloved older relative that has seen me from the beginning of my naive, insecure freshman high school days, to the 40 something much wiser and more confident female I am today.

I will mourn his passing as I did my grandparents; like I mourned the passing of Pres. Ronald Reagan. As a cherished member of my "family".

Another sign of my vanishing youth, I guess. Of course, I'm not fit to even kiss the papal ring of this holy and very good man.

He has fought the "good fight"; he has completed the Race. Godspeed, John Paul/Karol, job well done, Faithful Servant of our Lord.

Thanks Mama for letting me speak my piece.


Posted by: mrs heather at April 1, 2005 06:30 PM


He was a lot younger (58) when he got the job in 1978.

Posted by: StinKerr at April 2, 2005 01:02 AM

Very sad day indeed.

Posted by: Moogie at April 2, 2005 05:22 PM

"...I always ask the question, why don't they put a younger man in the Pope's chair?"
"...he was a lot younger (58) when he got the job in 1978."

Being less than a decade away from that younger age I now offically feel a lot older.

I've heard rumblings there may be considerations for his replacement coming from Africa. This could get interesting.

Posted by: wanda at April 2, 2005 05:35 PM

HAHA ...

JP2's predecessor was Pope John Paul I ... of course his papacy only lasted 33 days, so yeah, in a manner of speaking, it could be said that JP2's predecessor was Paul VI.

On the note of age, it's probably best to have an older Pope due to the fact that they are Pope until death. "Natural Term Limits", if you will. If any Pope could have or should have lived forever, it would be this one. May his soul be eternally happy.


Posted by: RightWingRocker at April 3, 2005 04:08 PM
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