The Millennial Pope
[Robert Suro; Journalist for the Washington Post]
When you look as this extraordinary life and you see all that he's accomplished, all the lives he's touched, the nations whose history he's changed, the way he's become such a powerful figure in our culture, in all of modern culture - among believers and not -- talking all of that into account, you're left with one very disturbing and difficult question. On the one hand, the pope can seem this lonely, pessimistic figure - a man who sees only the dark side of modernity…A man so dark, so despairing, that he loses his audiences. That would make his a tragic figure certainly. On the other hand, you have to ask, is he a prophet? Did he come here with a message? Does he see something that many of us are missing? In that case the tragedy is ours.
Last updated: May 29, 2001