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How Pope John Paul’s Critics Would Tame the Church of Rome

by David Mills

Perhaps the most interesting of the responses to the death of John Paul II were those of critics who used his death to offer their vision for the Catholic Church, and by extension for Christianity in general. It may be useful to look at what they said, because they followed a pattern used whenever a major orthodox religious figure needs taking down a peg.

The treatment of Pope John Paul II is especially revealing because he was so important and substantial that his critics—the more thoughtful ones—could not dismiss him with the contempt they show for American “fundamentalists.” . . .

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