At the end of the day, when you look at this extraordinary life and you see all that he's accomplished, all the lives he's touched, the nations whose history he's changed, the way he's become such a powerful figure in our culture, in all of modern culture--among believers and not--taking all of that into account, you're left with one very disturbing and difficult question. On the one hand, the Pope can seem this lonely, pessimistic figure--a man who only sees the dark side of modernity, a man obsessed with the evils of the twentieth century, a man convinced that humankind has lost its way. A man so dark, so despairing, that he loses his audiences. That would make him a tragic figure, certainly.
On the other hand, you have to ask, is he a prophet? Did he come here with a message? Did he see something that many of us are missing? In that case, the tragedy is ours.
Friday, April 1, 2005
MH - "The Tragedy Is Ours"
by Our Word
The dependable Rod Dreher at The Corner, quoting the Washington Post's Roberto Suro in a PBS documentary on JPII from a few years back. As Rod says, Suro is critical on balance, but here's an excerpt from what he calls the "money quote":