Tuesday, April 05, 2005

John Paul II: Anti-capitalist intellectual

The late pope has come in for encomiums and condemnations, but I've been fascinated with the guy since most of my church went to see him in Detroit back when I was in high school. With his body now soon to pass into the great grotto under St. Peter's, I thought these two pieces on John Paul II as an intellectual in general and as an anti-capitalist thinker in particular were especially valuable as outside-the-mainstream views. I can't personally accept many of John Paul II's literally medieval sociopolitical views, much less his theology, but I can and do appreciate his brave stance against the depradations of modern capitalism, the mirror image of his stance against communism.


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