“WWJPD,” I scribbled frantically on the piece of paper. “What Would John Paul II do?”
I poked my wife, pointed at the paper, and then frantically tried to get the moderator’s attention.
We were at the final talk in a Catholic conference, listening to speakers explain, with increasing alarm, that Catholics in the United States face overwhelming odds against enemies who are destroying everything we believe.
One speaker talked about the decadence of every sector of American life. Another showed how Plato’s warnings about greed leading to tyranny are coming true. This last one described how children who were hurt and confused were being coerced into making a life-altering decision to change their bodies, and how the Equality Act, backed by the nation’s leading Catholic politicians — the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden — wanted to lock that coercion into law.
The talks were great on analysis, but light on “What do we do now?”
They never called on me, and that’s probably just as well. I was planning to be one of those “I have a comment more than a question” guys who grabs the mic and holds forth. And I don’t want to be that guy.
But what I wanted to say was this: St. John Paul II, when he was just Father Karol Wojtyla in Poland, faced harder times than ours, and he did more than worry about them at conferences. He answered them by building an “extraordinary network of friendship” that helped transform not just Poland but the worldwide Church.
We have Pelosi and Biden’s plans for the U.S. That’s bad, but it’s better than having Hitler and Himmler’s Nazis take over your country and create Auschwitz 40 minutes away from your home. We hope sanity might return in future elections. Political change came for Poland on “Liberation Day,” which the nation’s new communist overlords made a compulsory holiday while suppressing Catholic feast days.
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