I am immensely saddened by the passing of Pope John Paul II.
He appeared to be a kind, gentle and loving man, a devout minister, and a man of immense personal piety and devotion to the tenets of his RC faith.
He was a staunch defender of the sanctity of Life, no matter how unpopular that stand made him in our so-called "enlightened" society.
Nevertheless, as Fr John Whiteford points out in his blog, Pope John Paul did do some things which the early Christian martyrs would never have done, namely kissing the Koran, and allowing an image of Buddha to be placed upon a Catholic Altar during a service...the Holy Martyrs of the Faith would rather have died first than ever have paid reverence to any faith which denied the Divinity of Christ.
Possibly these actions stemmed from a desire not to hurt the feelings of others, but they did strike a discordant note to me as an Orthodox Christian.
Most likely these actions stemmed from love of others and personal innocence as to potential repercussions rather than any possible denial of Our Lord.
May the Lord have mercy upon the soul of John Paul, and grant him a good defense before the dread Judgement Seat.