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Old 04-02-2005, 11:46 AM   #121
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Well, he's gone home to God now, may he rest in peace. He was an amazing man, not perfect, of course, no one is, but I'm saddened by the loss. It's going to be so strange having another pope, I have never been Catholic under any other pope. I'm sure that's true of many cradle Catholics these days as well.
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:46 AM   #122
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:46 AM   #123
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Ah well, he was dead on in my honest opinion but everyone goes sometime no matter who you are
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:48 AM   #124
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at least he went peacefully.
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:51 AM   #125
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His servitude deserves more than respect, exaltation maybe, peace be on him
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:53 AM   #126
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Old 04-02-2005, 11:55 AM   #127
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RIP.

He's in a better place now.
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:00 PM   #128
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president bush is about to make a statement. i'm actually eager to hear what he has to say. this goes beyond political boundaries.
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:04 PM   #129
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not very significant statement, but appropriate.
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:04 PM   #130
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president bush is about to make a statement. i'm actually eager to hear what he has to say. this goes beyond political boundaries.
I agree. This is the first time since the election I've actually turned on the news.
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:11 PM   #131
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:12 PM   #132
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what a great man.
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:16 PM   #133
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You won't get much argument here from me. The Papacy into the Middle Ages onward became an imperial throne like any other worldly kingdom. It was also subject to the same gross corruption that plagued other kingdoms, and royalty controlled and made up most of the clergy. As such, the Vatican et al. is a result of its imperialist past. I do think such opulence has rotted their ability to relate to common society, and, as a result, I do think that Catholicism has little to no regard for anything its followers believe or want. They're the "kings"; we're the "subjects," as far as they're concerned.

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You're right. All those 50, 000 people standing in St. Peters Square or the ones gathered together praying in churches or homes all over the world ?They believe "that Catholicism has little regard for anything its followers believe or want."
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I hope that he died a good death, and that he has found peace. I did not think him a Pope worthy of 'great' or 'good', but for everything he did that I disagreed with, I can't say that he didn't do any good.

I hope his successor will be a better one.

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theologically i had many problems with him but he was a champion for those who suffer.
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