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Letter: Popes cannot be good or great — only God can

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Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:00 am

Two Vatican II Popes are going to be declared Saints. Pope John Paul XXIII is called the “good” Pope and Pope John Paul II is called “great.”

Luke 18:19 says “But Jesus said to him, Why dost thou call Me good? No one is good but only god.” (By the way, Jesus wasn’t denying His Divinity, John 8:58 would prove that.) He only served notice to the careless, superficial rendering of True Goodness.

Great? John 15:20 says “No servant is greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will persecute you also.” So much for popularity! Matthew 7:15-20 says, “By their fruits you will know them.”

John 15:5 says: “For without Me, you can do nothing.” Union with Christ is like a vine; we are His branches. We bear fruit only if attached to the vine, Christ. Yeah, we can do a lot on our own — a lot of mischief. But if the fruit is not there, something is dramatically wrong. And it will do no good to cover it up!

Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty suffered tremendously in Hungary against the Communists. He would not compromise. And even after he was finally released, he wanted to go back to protect his flock — willing to accept death. But Pope Paul VI refused; instead, he placed a compromised Bishop in Mindszenty’s place to placate the Communists. (The same Pope that gave his papal rings to the ungodly United Nations.)

Cardinal Wyszynski and Karol Wojtyla (Poland) compromised much. John Paul II escaped the persecution of Mindszenty but he took the credit for battling Communism.

Poland’s Cardinal Glemp correctly called Solidarity, John Paul’s sacred cow, a mixed bag of Marxists, Troskovites and Communist Party members. Glemp, a true shepherd, told the truth: Communism is still alive and well in Poland and Russia. This was clearly opposite of the Vatican portrayal that the requests of Fatima were fulfilled and the Communist Russian bear was dead.

Truth isn’t always welcomed. Truthful Glemp earned a trip to Rome to be chewed out by John Paul II. His invitation to Fatima, Portugal was withdrawn in 1996 (replaced by then-Cardinal Ratzinger who delivered a “new” version).

Ron Arthur

Lodi

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