Back in April 2005, I was an occasional Op-Ed writer for Fox News’ website. When Pope John Paul II passed away, the editors had asked if I would write something. I remember feeling intimidated by the request. What could I as a priest at that point being only ordained 6 years say that others hadn’t already said (in no doubt more eloquent ways) Here’s what I submitted which surprisingly was published.
On this day when Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII are canonized as Saints, re-reading this I thought it still pretty much sums up my estimation of Pope John Paul II’s Greatest Legacy. Saint Pope John Paul II, Pray for us!
From Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/story/2005/04/11/john-paul-ii-greatest-legacy/)
remember watching the news of the shooting on television, and crying as I told a neighbor that “they shot the pope.”