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April 02, 2005

Our Pope

I will have more to say about Pope John Paul II if, as seems likely, he does pass on to see the "[w]hite shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise." However, at this moment, I feel compelled, at least on my own behalf, to say that I feel that he is Our Pope. I am not Catholic and, similar to Matt and Dr. John Mark Reynolds, likely never will travel the road to Rome. However, this Pope has done much to bridge the gap between Christians that was created in the early 1500s--much more than most Protestants, including me. In addition, he has fought the good fight and has kept the faith--the one true faith. At a time when theological liberalism was as likely to take over the heart of the Catholic Church, he was called by God to be a bastion of support for orthodoxy. He is my brother in Christ and my heart grieves, as should the heart of all Christians. We should all pray that his successor continues the healing steps that he has started--until that great and glorious day when we all come together as The Church of Christ, and not as the Catholic Church, nor the Evangelical Church, nor any other church. Let us all join at this sad time at the Cross of Our Savior and celebrate the life of a great servant, while acknowledging our own grief.

Posted by Mark at April 2, 2005 01:46 AM

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Tracked on April 2, 2005 08:38 PM


Very good tribute.

Those of us not reared as cradle Catholics are slowly learning the real meaning of...
"I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting."
BCP, p. 305

Posted by: John Ballard at April 2, 2005 05:10 AM

Quite right. Thanks John.

Posted by: Mark Sides at April 2, 2005 08:46 AM