I really miss John Paul II and Mother Teresa. I took them for granted when they were alive, and deeply regret that. Now I revisit their lives and works nearly every day.
I am so happy to have Pope Benedict, a man who is really trying to DO something about the problems in our Church.
In 2005 he gave us the "Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocation with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders".
In 2007, he gave us Summorum Pontificum. I thank God & Pope Benedict for that every day. We now have a choice whether to attend a Liturgy that the Pope, Himself delared "Banal & manufactured" or the TLM.
This past year, He lifted the excommunications of the SSPX Bishops. Come on..........if we're going to talk "ecumenicism" shouldn't it begin with the SSPX. Or is it reserved for the Anglicans, Lutherans, etc.
Just this past month, he publically called for an end to blaming the Jewish Nation of yesteryear, today & tomorrow, for the death of Christ. Christ came into this world to DIE & he did so for the sins of all
He bacame pope in 2,005........&, while his achievemenrts seem slow, by Vatican time, they are coming fast & furious. For the past 6 yrs. it almost seems like he's aware of his age & the few years he has left. He's trying to make so much happen & being persecuted by some of his "own" within the Vatican.
His appointment of Opus Dei Archbishop Jose Gomez to the Los Angeles Diocese, replacing the Cardinal that built the ornate MONSTROSITY that I call the Taj Mahoney & he calls a Cathedral..........that should be quite interesting to follow.
So, no.........I haven't had time to miss Pope John Paul II, as so much has been happening. I believe that he was a holy man, a good man, a VERY charismatic man. As for his papacy, I wish that he'd not ignored some of the abuses that were going on.......in the Liturgy, the priesthood & in the Pastoral responses of the American Hierarchy.