:: Saturday, 2 April 2005 ::
Very sad today. He outlasted my Nonna by 5 years. They were the same age. Had the same disability. Both were very very strong people. It is appropriate to measure the Pope with regular folks, with family. That seems to me to be a crucial personal element of the Papacy. And Karol was deeply personal, I reckon. So travelled, so knowledgable about the world. He was known and so we could all measure ourselves against him. I come up way short. Doubtless, Nonna, who was a patient angel with an outta-nowhere irrational fear of black people - "They scare me" - came up short too although way closer than me.
Chrenk writes beautifully about his Pope. His Pope. Quite right.
I am fully aware of the abortion, gay, war, AIDs stuff. But to paraphrase Lileks - if there was church that reflected all my preferences, it would have one practitioner - me.
Sad and reflective today.
:: WB 6:07 pm [link+] ::