I'm kinda surprised nobody started a thread like this since Pope John Paul II died. Anyway, when I started seeing how people were making threads about it in the OT forum, I thought it might be something we could discuss here. I can't say that I'm saddened by his passing, but I won't rejoice at it either. The man actively condemned homosexuality as evil in addition to other practices such as abortion. In fact, I read more than one article saying that he was the most conservative Pope in recent memory. I'm not catholic, so I his death really has no more impact on my life than the death of total stranger. However, anyone with such a tremendous amount of influence and who uses it to discriminate against us will immediately find themselves on my bad side, especially when their reasoning is religion-based. There's some bad news that goes along with this though. Throughout his papacy, John Paul II filled the vatican council with like-minded conservatives, so it's likely that whoever follows him won't exactly be liberal in comparison. What does this mean for us? Well, if you're not catholic, it probably won't have a direct impact on your daily life. But it's not exactly helping our cause that an institution with such power is going around telling everyone that our lifestyle is unnatural and evil. Thoughts, anyone?