It is curious that so many are willing to laud the positive achievements of the late Pope John Paul II yet few are prepared to concede that he was equally flawed.
The pope brazenly stood against the advancement of women both in the church and in society at large, displayed by his adamant position on contraceptives and abortion, not to mention his outright refusal to even allow discussion of female involvement of church governance. Furthermore, his staunch condemnation of contraceptives certainly played, and continues to play, a large part in the alarming proliferation of AIDS, in Africa specifically.
Finally, his virtual silence on the sex abuse scandal that rocked this country is a slap in the face to the once faithful victims. Cardinal Bernard Law presiding over the late pontiff's funeral is just more salt grinded into numerous wounds.