In Defense of His Holiness John Paul II
The purpose of this brief document originally was to come to the defense of a man who, against all odds, has tried to lead by example as Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us. The man: His Holiness John Paul II, Bishop of Rome and Successor of Peter.However, on August 24, 2003, we had to rethink coming out in his defense.
It is becoming harder and harder for us to sustain a logical defense of H. H. John Paul II. In an interview with Cardinal James Francis Stafford, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and conducted by Antonio Enrique, director of the Archdiocese of Boston's weekly newspaper, The Pilot, and published by ZENIT on August 23, 2003, we read:
Cardinal Stafford: The Holy Father himself initiated the meeting in April of 2002 between the American cardinals, himself and members of the Roman Curia. He was present for each of those meetings and heard it firsthand. Cardinal [Bernard] Law frequently brought the Holy Father up to date, together with other members of the Roman Curia. Bishop Lennon did the same, especially through Cardinal [Giovanni Battista] Re, and through the apostolic nuncio here in the United States.
My sense is that the Holy Father and the membership of the Curia, the leaders of the various Roman dicasteries, are very aware of what has been happening in the United States and, more specifically, in Boston.
Cardinal Stafford: There are many lay movements within the Church that have been called by the Spirit to bring about a renewal of communities, of parishes. They may not call it "mystagogia" but, nevertheless, it is a "mystagogia," it is a catechesis in the forgiving love of Jesus, a catechesis in which the parish learns to be a community of loving forgiveness.
In my judgment, and I've been a bishop now since 1976, the Neocatechumenate is one of the strongest expressions of that capacity within the Church that the Spirit has given to us that has the ability to create a forgiving community, the capacity to create a community of tough love that is rooted in the cross of Jesus.
I have known the Neocatechumenate since 1980. I invited them into the Archdiocese of Denver and we established a Redemptoris Mater seminary there. I have become much more familiar with the Neocatechumenate since I have gone to Rome. In my judgment, it is one of the best expressions, one of the best proclamations of the paschal mystery that the Spirit has given to the modern Church.
We continue to hear about his trips scheduled well into the future, and yet
he appears to be more dead than alive. We do not believe in miracles, we know miracles, but
this certainty in the planning ahead of his activities has all the makings of the proverbial "bait
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us nearly 2000 years ago of what would take place at the End of These Times. While addressing Peter He said:
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