Saturday, April 09, 2005

Mixed emotions on the death of the pope

I've been very busy lately traveling for business and so forth, so have only caught bits and pieces of the massive media coverage of Pope John Paul II's death and funeral. I've been amazed at how overwhelmingly positive it is. Have they had any interviews with folks who have been affected negatively by some of his hardline policies? Yes, of course, he was a wonderful, gifted leader, and he accomplished great things through his force of personality. But he also marginalized many, many people, including those who are gay, applying words such as "evil" and "aberrant" to their lifestyles. I happened to run across one account about the mixed emotions in the gay Catholic community regarding his death in the New York Blade, and it's worth reading.


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