A Measure of Greatness

The papacy of John Paul II: two assessments





Robert Louis Wilken


On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the election of John Paul II as pope, I am reminded of the words of Stephen Spender’s poem, “I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great.” In it Spender speaks of those “Whose lovely ambition / Was that their lips, still...

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About the Author

Susan A. Ross is associate professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago. Her most recent book is Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology (Continuum).