Did he drag the church backwards? He urged people to activley participate in charity, he activley campaigned for the poor, he fought against the death penalty, governmental injustice, and the war in Iraq, along with War altogether. He was a moderate inside the church, despite how some people would like to paint him, and he was faithful to his religion and his people.Darth Wong wrote:So he had no choice but to try and drag the church backwards rather than forwards?
In any case, one does not have to prove that the man was unqualifiably evil in order to show that he does not deserve the ridiculously effusive praise being heaped upon him, or to say that we're sick of the media blitz.
Does he deserve all this praise that is being pour onto him? No, pracitcally no one ever has (or ever will,) and he wasn't one of them. His active support for an irrational reasoning on women in the priesthood (for those of you who don't know, it goes something like this: "god is in everyone equally, man and woman alike. BUt because jesus was a man god obviously likes men more than woman, so women can't be priests) was absolutley absurd, his regarding transexual/transgender as insane was insulting, and he's guilty of a lot more of nonsense similar to that, yet moderating on any of those issues would have been near impossible in the church he was in. Nonetheless he was a good man, a good pope, and it is a sad thing that his successor will probably be nothing like him at all.