The world has lost a religious leader who was revered across people of all faiths and none. I don’t exist? He was an inspiration, yes, the message that one day, you too could father 300 children a man of extraordinary blind faith, dignity and courage. Even the courage to tell homosexuals they were evil – standing up to that massive majority.
Throughout a hard and often difficult life as opposed to everyone else, he stood for social justice (unless you’re gay, want an abortion or have HIV \ AIDs) and on the side of the oppressed apart from the choir boys, whether as a young man facing the Nazi occupation in Poland or later in challenging the communist regime. Both of which he single handedly defeated, and never claiming any of the vacated power for himself. He never wavered, metaphorically speaking, never flinched, never admitted he was wrong, in the struggle for what he thought was good and right.
Yet whatever his own hardship and experience of what was wrong in human nature (those bloody gays again), he never lost faith in the human spirit and its ultimate capacity to do good. Unless you’re handing out contraception – that’s a wicked act – for which you will burn in hell for all eternity.
Bloody hell, I bet I’m gonna get flamed for that one…