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It is so interesting that the howls of protest and denial regarding the life, times, and work of Pope John Paul II come almost exclusively from the “religious left,” with the liberal/left Catholics charging forward to the point of the spear. Even some of the National Council of Church’s Protestant groups have had the decency to simply go silent. Not so, for left-wing Roman Catholic groups.
Jewish groups have spent the time since John Paul’s death highlighting the many ways in which he furthered understanding and an era of good feeling between the Vatican and world Judaism. Little has been heard from the Islamic community about John Paul, and what has been heard has been almost universally positive. World leaders and heads of state of many nations with many different dominant faiths will attend the funeral and/or have issued positive statements regarding the Pope and his life’s work.
Significantly the liberal Catholic groups are even now in full song, denouncing John Paul’s Papacy and insisting the next Pope will have to correct and reverse so very much of what John Paul did. Of course Democrat leaders, such as the Roman Catholic Nancy Pelosi, insist on taking no notice of the death of John Paul, but simply continuing their agenda and strategy as if nothing has happened.
Not being a Catholic myself, I take particular hope and joy that Evangelical Protestants and their leaders have been among the first to express gratitude for the leadership of this Pope and their profound sense of loss at his passing. It is impossible for me to see how the passing of this great and truly holy man can be anything but our loss and Heaven’s gain.p>If there was ever a time to live by the old axiom, “If you can’t say something nice, then say nothing at all,” this is it. But then the left simply cannot let an opportunity to get in the face of the world and scream their derision go unremarked. br> —