US Catholics celebrate, debate John Paul II legacy

Apr 27, 2011 Full story: The Boston Globe

When Pope John Paul II moves one step away from sainthood on Sunday, the event will be celebrated in cathedrals, high schools and homes by American Roman Catholics who revere the Polish pontiff like none before him.

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St Reformed

Stillwater, OK

#1 Apr 27, 2011
Undoubtedly, a great man.
"Other American Catholics see the occasion as a reminder that the charismatic, globe-trotting pope was a better leader for the world at large than for his own flock."
For me, that sums up Pope JPII: He was an unprecedented geopolitical force for the better--the fall of the Iron Curtain. But among Catholics in the USA, the answer to "What constitutes a good Catholic?" varies significantly and passionately. The faultlines between Church hierarchy and laity run very deep.
If John Paul II is ever canonized, let's hope John XXIII will be so honored first.

Since: Jun 09

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Apr 28, 2011
Catholics don't worship saints, but ask the saints to intercede for them with God.

Barb Verly of Marshall, Minn., began praying for help from John Paul II after her 20-year-old son was diagnosed with brain cancer, which has now been in remission for over a year.

"The day John Paul died, I knew I wasn't praying for him, the way I pray for other people when they die," she said. "I knew that I was praying to him, that he was standing there next to Jesus, interceding."
I do not understand how Catholics believe this crap. In order to get the all-powerful, ever-living, ever-loving God to cure your kid's cancer, God has to be convinced by a human that covered up the sexual abuse done by hundreds of priests?
QUITTNER

Toronto, Canada

#3 Apr 28, 2011
2:26 pm, Thursday, April 28, 2011:
RE: US Catholics celebrate, debate John Paul II legacy
..... I remember seeing one of my favorite movies on TV, "The Shoes of the Fisherman", about a Russian Pope, some time before the Polish Cardinal got to be elected as Pope, later called John Paul II. See
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063599/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shoes_of_the...
..... It was then new that someone not an Italian was elected to be Pope. Probably his being of Polish origin and local experience helped, somehow, bring about the "solidarity" movement in Gdansk and the later downfall of the USSR, which I regard as possibly a part of his legacy. Never mind those alleged miracles.
Angel of Death

Ethiopia

#4 Jan 20, 2014
Barney Stinson wrote:
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I do not understand how Catholics believe this crap. In order to get the all-powerful, ever-living, ever-loving God to cure your kid's cancer, God has to be convinced by a human that covered up the sexual abuse done by hundreds of priests?
They can believe whatever they want to believe you piece of s**t

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