Monday, February 05, 2007
The often simplistic view of Pope Paul...
We have all heard disparaging things said of Pope Paul in the overheated, nearly hysterical atmosphere of the years during and after the cultural revolution, of which the Vatican Council slightly overlapped.
Sometimes I don’t think that he gets an even shake from many, but instead, the usual oversimplification.
Either way, I couldn’t help but have a wicked little smile when I was told the story of how when Paul, in good Leonine tradition, made a speech before the the World Council of Chuches in Geneva, he started with the words, “I am PETER!”