Ecumenical Protestants laud pope's compassion

A persistent peacemaker
Protestants joined political and religious leaders worldwide in praising John Paul II’s compassionate papacy and leadership. If some Protestants voiced their disappointment that relatively little had changed in ecumenical affairs, doctrine or sexual policies, their remarks were contained within the universal admiration shown for the late pope.

Two Reformed leaders pointed to shared concerns with the pontiff, which included human dignity, peace, resistance to war ( including the Iraq war), religious freedom and economic justice.

“While we may not have agreed on every social ethical stance, the papacy of Pope John Paul II has emphasized a clear stand on some major issues which are shared by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches,” said the alliance president, Clifton Kirkpatrick, who is also the top executive of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and Setri Nyomi, the alliance’s general secretary, in a joint statement.


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