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Exiled into Wilmington, Delaware by virtue of corporate layoffs. (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this blog are Copyright 2005, Michael Collins, and cannot be used without permission.)

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Worries About the Future

Sadly, Pope John Paul II's time with us seems to be quickly fading away. I have always had great faith in this pope's teachings and believe he is one of the oustanding figures and great leaders of the past quarter century.

He has taken courageous stands against communism and liberalizing the tenets of the faith, and in healthier times, did much to energize Catholic youth around the world. My two main quarrels with JPII are 1) the shameful avoidance of contrition and guidance regarding the priest molestation problem and how his inaction inspired an attitude of defiance by bishops and priests in our country, and 2) his politicizing of the canonization process for certain choice and symbolic individuals. Are some saints holier than others?

Regardless of my qualms, I fear we have seen the last of the old school, true leaders in the Church. My experiences in the Church in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and especially Chicago have left me depressed. Today, the tail seems to be wagging the dog. When did "truth" become negotiable? I hope JPII holds on for a bit longer to give traditional believers a little more time under the protection of a truly good shepherd.

What happens next and what direction the Church takes is anyone's guess. I have inkling, if not a foreboding. I guess all we can do is pray. Posted by Hello


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