Jul 12, 2006

The Great Catholic Retreat--Chapter 4: Pope John Paul II

John Paul II occupied the seat of Peter through the worst of the Great Catholic Retreat. Historians note that John Paul II was quite sympathetic to Modernism, especially in his appointment of many Modernist Bishops, his encouragement of false religions (e.g., Hinduism, Islam), and his particular reluctance to deal with Modernist seminaries, including their ordination of homosexual priests.

His positive legacy is considered to be (1) the acceptance of the Bishop of Rome as the recognized leader of virtually all Christians (even those not accepting all Church doctrines), (2) the prevention of a de jure schism in the Church, in spite of a de facto schism, and (3) skillful efforts to undermine Communism as a political force.

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