Examining John Paul II on his own terms

McBrien, Richard P.
April 2005
National Catholic Reporter;4/29/2005, Vol. 41 Issue 26, p16
This article focuses on Pope John Paul II. Readers have already been inundated with commentary about Pope John Paul in past few weeks-on radio and television and in newspapers and magazines. There is certainly nothing wrong with generous praise of John Paul II, but readers, listeners and viewers needed to read and to hear from honest brokers, people who could show themselves capable of recognizing the undeniable achievements of Pope John Paul II's pontificate without glossing over and denying its equally undeniable limitations and even outright deficiencies. One of the best, most even-handed columns on the late pope was written by E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post. According to him, pope's record is mixed, which is not to say 50 percent good and 50 percent bad.


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