Juliusz Slowacki was a Polish poet who published in 1948 “The Slavic Pope”, a poem that many believe foretold the election of Karol Wojtyła as Pope John Paul II in 1978.
Here are a few stanzas of the poem translated by The Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey:
Amid discord the Lord God strikes
An immense bell,
Behold, for a Slavic pope
He opens a throne.
This one does not flee before swords
Like that Italian.
He is daring, like God, he goes to the sword:
The world to him is powder!
His face is radiant with the Word,
A lamp for the servant,
Because of him the advancing race goes
Into the light, where God is.
At his prayers and commands
Not only men.
If he commands, the sun stops,
For power this is a wonder!
Now he draws near-the new dispenser
Of vigor to the globe:
The blood of our veins goes back into our veins
Under his word;
In our hearts the movement begins of floods
Of divine light,
What thought thinks through him, this is created,
For power this is Spirit.
And power is needed, that we may raise
This lordly world:
Thus here comes a Slavic pope,
A brother of the people;
Behold, he already pours the world’s balm
On our breasts
And the angel choir sweeps flowers
Toward his throne.
The poem depicts a true steward of the Catholic Church. John Paul II, however, was not that pope. Under his stewardship, in the name of promoting interfaith dialogue, he did quite a few heretical things that would have him burned at the stake several centuries ago. I will just list the obvious two:
On October 27, 1986, John Paul II allowed the Dalai Lama to place a small statue of Buddha atop the tabernacle of St. Peter Church in Assisi.
On January 23, 2002, John Paul II invited the leaders of various religions to gather in Assisi. They each were given an area to do their own worship. In order not to offend anyone, crucifixes were removed from the areas to be used by these religious leaders.
Which should John Paul II have dreaded more, the judgment of God or the anger of man? As the head of the Catholic Church, how could John Paul II have forgotten about what God told Moses on Mount Sinai? Exodus 20:1–6 reads:
And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God … Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God ….
As the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church, how could John Paul II have forgotten Mark 8:38?
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.
Yet John Paul II was declared a saint along with John XXIII by the present pope on April 27, 2014. Was it a coincidence that tragedy struck three days before this historic canonization? A man was crushed to death by the crucifix erected in honour of John Paul II. Was it a coincidence that the unfortunate victim happened to live on the street named after John XXIII?
There are two points to be noted from this tragic event:
The curved crucifix was designed to humiliate Jesus. On this curved cross, Jesus was facing the ground at all times, bowing His head to show His subservience to all who stood before Him.
The message given here is loud and clear—both John Paul II and John XXIII are undeserving of veneration.
It is a sad fact that very few Catholics are aware of the doings of John Paul II or of the tragic incident. Had Catholics been aware of what John Paul II had done, would they have flocked to the streets of Rome to witness the so-called historic canonization? Sadly, there are many who believe that John Paul II is now a saint and will implore favours through his intercession.
Catholics should question the act of canonization. What do people know of another person’s inner life? Only God can look into a person’s heart and see his innermost nature.