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Mea Culpa

Kathryn was right. It turns out that that earlier report from the Associated Press quoting John Paul as approving of the anti-war movement twisted the pontiff’s words. You can read a more detailed account of John Paul’s speech here. It seems clearer from the context that John Paul was not praising this particular anti-war movement, but what he sees as a general development in humanity over the past decades against the use of war as an instrument of policy. That’s something different. He might be wrong (in my judgment) about the morality of this war, but at least the Pope doesn’t seem to be explicitly blessing the insaniacs marching the streets with “Bush = Hitler” signs.


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