New TV documentary on the Pope a "humdinger"
Globe & Mail columnist John Doyle wrote yesterday that a new documentary on the Pope screening across Canada on
the CBC network on Tuesday and Wednesday night is a "humdinger". He writes: "This is definitely not your
run-of-the-mill Life & Times about some low-grade Canadian celebrity. It's a detailed, three-hour
examination of his life, career in the Catholic Church and influence over events in the
Doyle says, "the juicy stuff is the suggestion that John Paul II worked closely with the
Reagan White House in a secret alliance that orchestrated the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. We're
told that he met regularly with the head of the CIA, William Casey, and that the American government often
gave him secret intelligence information about the intentions of the Soviet Union. Not to demean the
program or the man, but what we're presented with here is John Paul II: International Man of
"The program gives us a solid picture of Wojtyla during the war years and immediately
after, but much of that will be familiar to anyone who has paid attention to this Pope and his background.
It gets really interesting when his involvement in international affairs is described. Then it gets even
more compelling as it moves into a discussion of his leadership of the Church."
concludes that while the Pope "was shrewd in recognizing the weaknesses in Communist Eastern Europe, he was
hopeless in anticipating necessary change within the Church itself. Theologian Hans Kung, himself an
immensely influential figure in Catholicism, says bluntly that John Paul II betrayed the Second Vatican
Council and had only led the Church into a moral crisis."
SOURCE - FULL STORY:
Globe & Mail
8 Jan 2003