The Morning Call, Saturday, April 2, 2005
Story by Dan Sheehan, Chris Parker and Genevieve Marshall on reflections of local Catholics on 26-year reign of Pope John Paul II, includes comments by Father Thomas Dailey, director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture and professor of theology at DeSales. According to Father Dailey, a Vatican scholar and expert on the pope, the pope's belief about the incomparable worth of the human person "undergirded his unyielding stance against communism and other political systems that crush human dignity in the service of the state." Father Dailey stated that as the pope traveled around the world and reached out to leaders of all faiths, in an effort to heal old wounds, he changed the whole sense of what the pope is and does. "I don't think we will ever again think of the pope as the chief lawmaker in the church, but as the chief spokesperson of the church," said Father Dailey. In selecting the new pope, he believes the cardinals will look for someone who will be a good person and a good persona.
Press Release: "People's pope" inspires area faithful | Posted on: 4/2/2005
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