[extropy-chat] embedded in open hearts

Russell Wallace russell.wallace at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 08:45:50 UTC 2005

On Apr 8, 2005 5:18 PM, Hubert Mania <humania at t-online.de> wrote:
> I will refrain from spitting out my heaviest sarcasm against catholicism and
> JP2.
> But here are some informations that might adjust the reputation of this
> Nope.
> http://www.counterpunch.org/connolly04052005.html
> "The Pope Who Revived the Office of the Inquisition"
> An American Catholic Reflects on Papacy of John Paul II

It might adjust more reputations than one.

Now, as someone whose parents grew up in mid 20th century Ireland, I'm
certainly predisposed to believe ill of the Pope, and indeed he made
mistakes. On the other hand, looking at his courage in the face of
Nazi and Communist oppression, that earns him (not the office - I'm
not a Catholic - but the man) a tip of the hat from me.

But reading that page, I was reminded of something: a man who earns
the enmity of an IRA supporter has virtue. Ave atque vale, Ioannes
Paulus PP. II; may your deeds be taken into account in whatever, if
anything, lies beyond this life.

- Russell

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