The world lost a good man yesterday. We will be blessed if we get a man of half his strength, faith, intellect and presence to follow him.
I was lucky enough to receive a blessing from him, when I was but a wee lad.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Me ma (from what we tell her) thinks that computers are evil and blogging satanic. I printed out your obituary to show her that it’s not as bad as she thinks. I took the view that he could have done more to moderniise the Church but history may prove him right in how he acted. THere are very, very few GOOD world leaders and I suspect there is now one fewer.
There are few men I admire, and fewer men I admire while disagreeing with them. In fact, other than Pope John Paul II I can’t think of anyone of the top of my head.
God rest his soul.
Well that could be a new tagline: “IDQCT…: proof that blogs aren’t evil”
And I never really understood what the issue was with “failing to modernise the church”. Did somebody release an updated Bible or something and fail to tell me?
Now Ed – don’t be facetious, you know very well what that phrase means. There are issues around nowadays that did not exist BC. The church has on occasion changed and adapted to the times. For instance celibacy was not in the original package, it was a later introduction. And in my lifetime, if not in yours, there was the change from the Latin Mass to the language of the country. This Church is not perfect and I believe that it will have to adapt if it is not to wither and die. However I do believe that John Paul II was a good deal more intelligent and wiser than me. Part of his job was to steer the church through a time of immense change. I have come to think that he, in his wisdom, avoided radical change because he knew the time was not right and that to move too fast would tear the church apart. But to paraphrase my da – I’m no theologian – it’s just my notion. I think he was a good man. At 25 I thought my parents were daft to follow him around Ireland like they did.
At 51 I find myself sad that I did not have the wit to go with them.
My problem is this: the Church hasn’t changed in my lifetime. And I’d quite like it not to, except for maybe a wee bit of housekeeping.
I have come to think that he, in his wisdom, avoided radical change because he knew the time was not right and that to move too fast would tear the church apart.
Looking at what’s happening in the Anglican Communion, I’m inclined to agree with you.
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