I'm not a Roman Catholic, but it appears that John Paul 11 was used by Christ to effect changes in conditions on planet earth. A short list is presented below:
1. The fall of Communism
2. Forgiveness of the RC Church for its anti-Semitism in the past
3. Forgiveness of the RC Church for its sexual crimes against children
4. The example of a suffering servant and spiritual being who still cares for humanity, irregardless of race or religion.
5. And most important, Jesus's spiritual outreach through the Pope to peoples of different faiths.
This isn't dogma lifted from a 2000-year historical document. It's an encounter with the living Jesus of the 20 and 21st century.
The Roman Catholic Church has many flaws, just like any other man-made institution.
Jesus will communicate his messages through anyone he wants including non-Christians and sci/fi writers.
We definitely have entered a new age and a new millennium for the Christian Church and all of humanity.
What are your views on this subject?