Pope John Paul II

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John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła (18 May 19202 April 2005), was pope from October 16, 1978 until his death almost 27 years later (however, this is disputed by some traditional Catholics such as sedevacantists).

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Controversies

General criticisms of changes since the Second Vatican Council

See Second Vatican Council.

Argued partial Jewish ancestry

Wojtyla has been argued to have had partial Jewish ancestry which would explain "why this Pope in particular felt a strong desire to improve relations between the Church of Rome and the Jewish people."[1][2]

Apologising for Church history

Wojtyla is critizised by some för pandering to the propaganda of anti-Catholics by "apologising" for so-called "crimes" in Church history without mustering up even a basic defence for the Catholic world or trying to give balanced account of throw-away soundbites. Some of the more notorious "apologies" include;

Apologising in 2001 to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I for the sacking of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade in 1204. The Roman Pontiff of the day Pope Innocent III did not decree or consent to the sacking in the first place. The mission was redirected on the initiative of the Doge of Venice, Enrico Dandolo and the Venetians were in large part motivated by desiring a reprisal for the massacre of the Latins (particularly Venetians) in Constantinople in 1182, where around 56,000 were massacred. Wojtyla didn't bother to ask Bartholomew I to in turn apologise for the massacre.

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I met the man eight times. The importance of John Paul was that he changed two-thousand years of teaching of contempt. There was Vatican II which made some very significant changes in the relationship between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church and the Vatican. He talked about Jews being the "elder brother", he talked about anti-semitism being a sin, going to Yad Vashem, apologising for the Catholic teaching of contempt.

Probably the most important thing that he did was to go to the Synagogue. This was the most important theological statement that the Church has engaged in for over two-thousand years. By the Pope going to the Synagogue, he basically said to the Christian world that Christianity did not supercede Judaism; which is what used to be taught. That God's promise and covenant with Abraham was not superseded by his covenant with Jesus and that Judaism is a viable religion.

Abraham Foxman from the ADL of B'nai B'rith.[3]

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