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"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Pope John Paul II Died Today 

After a long period of failing health, the Pope died today. He was first and foremost, a champion of Christ's Church. Secondly, he was a warrior for human freedom against the twin evils of Fascism and Communism, and a scathing critic of the materialism and soullessness that 20th Century capitalism has produced.

If the mid-century Conservative theorist, Richard Weaver, was correct in his central proposition that "ideas have consequences", then Pope John Paul II was the central historical figure of our time. This solitary pope did more to free people in their millions than all the trillions spent by all of the Defense agencies of the West. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had supporting roles in the Great Play, whose protagonist, the Pope, went forward unarmed against the Soviet divisions- the faith of Christ his sword, the Truth his only shield.

In a far larger sense, his struggle was with us. He challenged each of us, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, to cast off our devotion to that which does not serve the best that in the human traditions of Faith and Honor. He quietly demanded that we turn away from the material to the spiritual, and in so doing, defeat the Fascism that is abroad in Europe and the Islamic World once again. All of us sin, all of us "miss the mark". It is a measure of the man's greatness that he understood this, yet did not cease his struggle on our behalf.

His quest continues, even in death.

Rest in Peace, Good Servant.

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