My father requested that I share my thoughts about the death of Pope John Paul II. While I identify strongly with many Roman Catholic figures, from Dorothy Day to Bono, as a non-Catholic I don't understand or respond to the practice of centralizing ecclesiastical power into one individual. Nor do I agree with the Pope's conservatism in regards to women. But then again, the image of the Pope forgiving the man who shot him is extraordinary- something of a miracle in a culture of vengeance. So I have much ambivalence about the Pope himself, but I have much sympathy for the millions who mourn his death.
"To all humanity, which today seems so lost and dominated by the power of evil, selfishness and fear, our resurrected Lord gives us his love which forgives, reconciles and reopens the soul to hope."
~Pope John Paul II