11/30/2005: If this is true....
my opinion of the late Pope John Paul II has gone up a notch or two. According to this article from 2003, John Paul II was seriously considering the possibility that George W. Bush was the anti-Christ:
According to freelance journalist Wayne Madsden, "George W Bush's blood lust, his repeated commitment to Christian beliefs and his constant references to 'evil doers,' in the eyes of many devout Catholic leaders, bear all the hallmarks of the one warned about in the Book of Revelations--the anti-Christ."Of course, it was a mistake to identify Bush with the anti-Christ, inasmuch as that concept is part of a mythological world view. But it's good to know that the late Pope could occasionally recognize evil when he saw it.
Madsen, a Washington-based writer and columnist, who often writes for Counterpunch, says that people close to the pope claim that amid these concerns, the pontiff wishes he was younger and in better health to confront the possibility that Bush may represent the person prophesized in Revelations. John Paul II has always believed the world was on the precipice of the final confrontation between Good and Evil as foretold in the New Testament.
Len on 11.30.05 @ 08:23 PM CST