Sydney bishop pays tribute to JP2

Bishop Julian Porteous has remarked on the breadth of John Paul II's contribution, which includes playing a major role in world events and the "brave" promotion of a "culture of life" in the midst of the ills in contemporary, especially Western societies.

In a text posted on the Sydney Archdiocesan website, Bishop Porteous said that John Paul II "made a major contribution to the understanding of marriage as a true Christian vocation, and broke new ground in the understanding of human sexuality in his 'theology of the body'."

"He developed a profound reflection on the place of Catholic thought in the contemporary preoccupation with science and reason," the Bishop adds. "He recognised that Western culture had divorced human thought from the enlightenment offered by the Christian faith."

The Bishop said that John Paul II was his inspiration and the inspiration for many Catholics, particularly young people.

"He had a remarkable ability to relate to the youth of the world. In no other place was this in clearer evidence than in the World Youth Days," he said.

He said young people responded to the late Pontiff in "their hundreds of thousands".

"The Pope had a clear sense that young people wanted to embrace faith in Jesus Christ. He had extraordinary confidence in the youth of the world to become ambassadors of a 'civilisation of love'."

"It is true to speak of a new generation of young people in the Church who are the spiritual sons and daughters of JPII," the Bishop said.

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4 Apr 2006