Sin of omission

It is often said that to a boy with a hammer, everything looks like a nail; so Angela Shanahan celebrates the beatification of Pope John Paul II by focusing entirely on his conservative side (“John Paul towards sainthood”, The Australian, 30/4).

True, John Paul did not budge on sexuality and opposed Communist tyranny a little more than the other kinds, but he also criticised the excesses of capitalism, utterly rejected war (in particular the first U.S. invasion of Iraq), campaigned for social justice, accepted evolution and supported Vatican II. He appointed many liberal bishops.

By not mentioning the former Pope’s progressive side, Shanahan commits a serious sin of omission.

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