February 23, 2013

We Need Another John Paul II

Christopher Walsh, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the Catholic world after announcing he would resign at the end of this month.  In fairness, Pope Benedict XVI faced a thankless task after his election in 2005.  His papacy existed within the long shadow of his predecessor: the beloved Pope John Paul II.  Everything about the former Karol Józef Wojtyła inspired us. He grew up in Poland surviving under both Nazi occupation and Soviet dictatorship.  Beyond his role as a faith leader, Pope John Paul II was a charismatic freedom activist, a scholar, a political force, a gifted mediator, and a talented soccer player who inspired Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  He traveled throughout the world offering...

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