John Belushi starred in the number one movie in the land, "Animal House,"
earned a double Platinum Album for "A Briefcase Full of Blues,"
and was still a regular on "Saturday Night Live."
Jimmy Carter was President,
disco was still cool
and the New York Yankees would retain their World
Championship thanks to Bucky Dent's mastery of the Boston Red Sox.
I was in Mr. DeSito's English Class when we heard that the new Pope had died, some 28 days after being named Pope John Paul I. The reaction of my classmate was, "Does that mean I am going to miss the Washington Redskins-Dallas
Cowboys Monday Night Football game?"
Since Karol Jozef Wojtyla (alias Pope John Paul II from Poland) assumed the shoes of the fisherman, my old classmate has witnessed over 52 football games involving the Redskins and the Cowboys. Under President Carter's weak leadership, the world witnessed the growth of middle east terrorism in Iran
and the Soviet Union's assault on Afghanistan.
As we approached high school graduation in 1981, we witnessed the assassination attempts on both President Reagan and Pope John Paul II.
Both men forgave their assassins and shared a bond with each other.
When they met each other a year later, both men discussed their core beliefs about freedom and love. By staying strong in their core beliefs,
both men oversaw the fall of the evil empire known as the Soviet Union.
Karol Jozef Wojtyla was a man who meant well.
He witnessed the horrors of Adolf Hitler's Final Solution
and the further evil of Joseph Stalin's genocide.
the pedophile issue will haunt this papacy in the same way
as "Watergate" haunted President Richard Nixon.
Unless the next Pope confronts this internal evil of the Roman Catholic Church, the Church will lose legitimate standing as a moral agent in the world.
Upon reflection of the individual,
Pope John Paul II did more good than bad.
Our world is a better place because of Karol Jozef Wojtyla's influence.