Found on Michelle Malkins website 4-1-05
Words to live by:
We are coming to the end of a century which began with confidence in humanity's prospects of almost unlimited progress, but which is now ending in widespread fear and moral confusion. If we want a springtime of the human spirit, we must rediscover the foundations of hope. Above all, society must learn to embrace once more the great gift of life, to cherish it, to protect it, and to defend it against the culture of death, itself an expression of the great fear that stalks our times.
- Pope John Paul II, Oct. 2, 1998, "Ad Limina" address to the Bishops of California, Nevada, Hawaii
JB here: Not being much of a historian my opinion has little worth. But from my vantage point as an avid observer of Christianity in the World I believe John Paul II is possibly the most "stand-up pope" in perhaps centuries. So often it has appeared that the Popes were mostly wily politicians but not this Pope. He has lived as he believes.
He has "walked the talk" and the Roman Catholic Church is better for it. He has stood for the integrity and sanctity of life. In this age, that's saying something.