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Pope John Paul II kissing the forehead of a young woman

The Kissing Pope - II

One of the novelties in morality of Pope Wojtyla was to frequently kiss young women.

In the picture above young women line up to be kissed by the Pope.
In the picture below, he kisses a young woman who rests her hand on his leg.

No Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church has ever behaved this way in public before.

On the contrary, Catholic Morals was always very strict regarding intimacy between ecclesiastics and women. In his book Homo Apostolicus [The Apostolic Man] giving orientation to ecclesiastics, St. Alphonsus de Ligouri stresses that great care should be taken regarding familiarity with women. He quotes St. Thomas Aquinas, saying:

"The licit carnal affection is always dangerous, if not pernicious. When conversing with a woman who is receiving spiritual direction, however much it might seem pure in the beginning, as it becomes more familiar, the first motive weakens and purity is stained"

(St. Alphonse of Ligouri, Homo Apostolicus, Paris: Mechilinae, 1832, vol. 3, p. 156, quoting St. Thomas, Opusculae 6, Per famil.)

Pope Wojtyla, however, publicly transgressed this traditional precept of Catholic Morals in such a way as to establish the contrary.

Was he giving free reign to his affection?

Was he fulfilling an item on the progressivist agenda?

Pope John Paul II kissing the side of a young womans head

Vatican Internet site   
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Vatican Internet site    May 16, 2001

Posted December 11, 2005

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