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I think Pope John Paul II is a perfect example of the latitude that we find in the Catholic Church to express our own individual personalities, and still remain within the Catholic fold. However I think that under the Pontificate of Pope Benedict, we may see more bishops around the world following his lead, and growing a spine. Drawing clearly observable lines that distinguish what is and is not acceptable for Catholic and Non-Catholics does not in fact distance us from our Non-Catholic and Non-Christian Brothers and Sisters, but rather is like the lamp that shines for all to see. Under the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II (In my fully fallible opinion) The light of the Catholic Faith, was guarded by the Pope, but sometimes hidden under a bushel, in order to not offend other religions. Putting the “Fullness of the Truth” as an example and standard to follow is a strength I see in our New Pope. I hope we are all praying for him.

Oh God, the shepherd and guide of all the faithful, look with favor upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast been pleased to place as pastor over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, to help by word and example those over whom he rules, so that, together with the flock entrusted to him, he may reach everlasting life. Amen.
(Roman Missal)