Requiescat in Pace

Word is just in: Pope John Paul II is dead. Reuters report that according to a Vatican announcement, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church passed away at 9:37 pm Italian time (2:37 pm EDT).

I thank God for bringing us a powerful and passionate voice for peace. As for the rest of the Polish pontiff’s “achievements,” Creator, forgive him. I do believe he knew not the harm he did.

Life and the Catholic Church roll on. Here is what lies next in the saga of the late Karol Wojtyla: after the burial, politics.

While enduring the pope’s deathwatch last night, some coworkers and I speculated about the next pontiff. Will the next man make life any easier for women and GLBT people and people with HIV/AIDS? I have my doubts.

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