The Pope is dead
Pope John Paul II Dies at 84The operative word above is “humanitarian.” Unfortunately, the description is all too true. The Pope is not supposed to be a “humanitarian.” He is supposed to be Christ’s vicar on earth. Was Jesus Christ a “humanitarian”? Was Paul a “humanitarian?” Was Peter a “humanitarian”? So why should a Pope be a “humanitarian”?
Karol Wojtyla was a magnificent, gifted, and deeply devout man. But intellectually he was, to a disastrous degree, a product of twentieth century thought. His cult of humanistic personalism, his ecumenism, his thinning out of Christian truth for popular consumption, his constant reaching out to the secular world, to Moslems and to other non-Western cultures, his “humanitarian” open-borders policies that he tried to foist on the nations of the West, his attack on capital punishment which is a linchpin of civilization, and his emphasis on the “rights of the human person” that added up to a kind of global socialism, all made him a vehicle and spokesman of leftism, even though the whole world thinks of him as a staunch and rigid “conservative.” Other than his great role in helping bring down Communism, and, of course, his holding the line against such absurdities as women’s ordination, I can’t think of anything positive, let alone conservative, connected with his papacy.
Please, let this Pope’s successor not be John Paul III. Let his successor be Pius XIII.