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John Paul II: Saint or Reactionary

Video: The Pope is a media star. He has traveled the globe bringing his
charisma to millions of Catholics and to millions of people of other religions. But he is also a controversial figure. Many view him as a saint, a gentle teacher who has striven, against overwhelming odds, to preserve the integrity of church doctrine. Some see him as a reactionary whose stubborn resistance to non-celibate and female priests is depriving the church of the leadership it desperately needs. What is the truth? What is his belief system that underlies his response to events? What will the significance of his reign be to future generations?

Date: 11/13/1997

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