Your memories of Pope John Paul II

More than a million Catholics are expected in Rome on May 1 to mark Pope John Paul II’s beatification, the … Continued

More than a million Catholics are expected in Rome on May 1 to mark Pope John Paul II’s beatification, the next-to-last step before sainthood. Pope for 26 years, the Polish Karol Wojtyla is considered a historic player in everything from communism’s fall in Europe to the opening of the church to other faiths to modernizing ideas through the Second Vatican Council.

To mark the late pope’s beatification, we are looking for readers’ stories about his impact — on their personal lives, the church, the world. Please send memories, observations, stories of 300 words or less to [email protected] Please include your full name, hometown and daytime telephone number for verification purposes. The Post will publish some of your responses online and on the April 30 religion page.


  • YEAL9

    Great charisma but with the theology of someone trapped in the “bible box”.

  • ThomasBaum

    I never met him but one of the things that he did, was to go around the whole world and make public penances for the sins of the Catholic Church.

    Simply put, that the Catholic Church, as an institution or however one wishes to look at it, has done wrong, not just the members.

    Something to think about, Jesus did invite us to “Come follow Me”, the invitation was not to follow His Church, not to follow the people that say they are His followers, not to follow the bible, but to “Come follow Me”.

    Jesus also said that He would “send the Holy Spirit to guide us…”.

    See you ALL in the Kingdom.

    Take care, be ready.

    Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • YEAL9

    The “come follow me” passages in the NT fail the tests for historic authenticity. e.g. See Professor Gerd Ludemann’s conclusions, in his book “Jesus After 2000 Years”, p. 695.

  • ThomasBaum

    I would rather listen to and attempt to follow God-Incarnate than Professor Gerd Ludemann.

    By the way, these “tests”, did they come up with a time machine or something?

    “I will reveal to the simple what is hidden from the learned”, this might not be exact but it does get the gist of it, is this also one of the “fail the tests” statements?

    See ya in the Kingdom.

    Take care, be ready.

    Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • ThomasBaum

    YEAL9 wrote:

    “Contemporary NT exegetes specialize in historic Jesus studies. Requirements to join, typically a PhD in Religious History or Religion with a proven record of scholarship through reviews of first to third century CE scripture and related documents.”

    Maybe this is one of the reasons that God chose me to be a messenger since I do not meet the “requirements to join” this “learned” assembly.

    You also wrote, “The physical resurrection aka Easter of anyone does not compute scientifically or theologically”

    Does the creation of absolutely everything out of absolutely nothing by God also not compute to you “scientifically or theologically”?

    I don’t have a need to be a “know it all” but I do “know” a little and part of the little I know is that God Is a Being of Pure Love and a Trinity.

    God’s Plan will come to Fruition, see you and the rest of humanity in God’s Kingdom, the new heavens and the new earth.

    Take care, be ready.

    Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • jagoetl

    John Paul II leap to the stage and enbrace the armless guitarist is one of the highlights of my spiritual life. Shalom

  • YEAL9

    Mr. Baum,

    The 21st century’s version of Mohammed.

  • mpwgh

    Have a great Day…..I will pray for you!

  • mpwgh

    Sorry, He told Peter…..You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church!

  • mpwgh

    Don’t need any guidance as how to conduct your life I see! LOL! I will pray for you too!

  • mpwgh

    Easy for some not for others. Some need a church to follow! I think the Lord knew that! He did talk about the sheepwithout a shepard, right?

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