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Pope John Paul II

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Pope John Paul II

"Veritatis Splendor" was about the church's moral teachings. Some major points made in this encyclical are of abstaining to conform to the world and morality. The point of this encyclical is to remind the Catholic people of what the church believes in because along with the times, people are changing. Conforming to the world, meaning participating in the immoral acts that are being committed is not what the church wants people to do. The church is sticking to their guns on all of their teachings ands expects Catholics to do the same. Although I disagree with some of the teachings of the church, I think it is good that they are not conforming. I Think the church should be a solid foundation and changing would just convey to the people that it is weak.

Pope John Paul II visited the United States from October 4 -- 8 in 1995. This was the first time in sixteen years that the pope had visited us. Americans would have done anything to get a glimpse of the pope while he was here on his short visit. People went to great lengths to get tickets to the many services he said while here. I find all the excitement shown by the Catholics kind of odd because in polls taken a little while after his visit, the majority of Catholics disagree with his teachings. TIME Magazine, CNN and U.S. News took the polls. Some of the results were rather surprising. Only 15% of American Catholics believe they should always obey his teachings on moral issues. Seventy-nine% believe Catholics can make up their own mind. Two-thirds of Catholics do not believe abortion is wrong in every case. Although the pope's visit may have appeared to be a success in that he reached everyone, a few months after his departure the hype wore down and people went back to their normal beliefs. I think that the pope is seen as more of a famous person than as someone whose teachings we have to follow.

Pope John Paul II is liberal when it comes to social justices, but very conservative when it comes to morals. He encourages change in the governments, which have existed for a while, in some countries. While he encourages reform in that aspect of life, he is not happy about moral liberals.
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