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Sunday, April 03, 2005

What the Pope knew, and the modern world didn't

By Aussiegirl

The Wall Street Journal has a powerful piece on the legacy of Pope John Paul II:

"Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were still in the future, and so was a workers' strike called by an unknown Pole named Lech Walesa. Everywhere one looked, the truth of the Brezhnev Doctrine seemed brutally self-evident: Once Communist, always Communist. Oh, yes: The Catholic Church which this first Slavic pope found himself bequeathed was thought by many to be hopelessly irrelevant to the crises of modern times.

The bishop from Krakow knew all this--better than his critics. For this was a man eminently comfortable with modernity--even while he refused to accept modernity's most shallow assumptions. Just as he offered his first public words as pope in Italian to make himself understood by those below his balcony, he held that ultimate truths about man and his relationship with his Creator are never outdated, however much they require constant expression in new languages and new circumstances. As he never ceased to declare, Communism's core failure was not economic. It was anthropological, stemming from its false understanding of human nature."


At 7:13 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

The Pope understood something that the secular world could never grasp; that Godless Communism was exactly that and that he had the power of the Almighty on his side. The evil empire crumbled into dust when confronted by him not because of any power of his but because the Power of the Lord was with him and against the evildoers. The modern world had been talking ``detente`` and accommodation via ``realpolitik``. The Pope looked the Communists in the face and they withered. He took to heart Pauls words ``if God is for us, who can be against.``


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