Clinton, on the flight to Rome earlier this week, had said that John Paul "may have had a mixed legacy," but he called him a man with a great feel for human dignity. "There will be debates about him. But on balance, he was a man of God, he was a consistent person, he did what he thought was right," Clinton said. "That's about all you can ask of anybody." -Tom Raum (AP)
(Click on the title above for the complete article by Raum)The Pope was certainly a valuable instrument in catalyzing the inevitable fall of the USSR, and the Communist system with it. He traveled the world, went to the people where they lived, reaching people that were forgotten by previous popes. But the one thing he failed to do was adequately address the child molestation issue. Pulling Bernard Law to Rome and elevating his position was evidence enough.