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Global Father of Vigilance Tells
"I'll Be Back!"
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York
City, August 19--The "Global Father Of Vigilance" is very old.
He's 82. The picture of him above was taken when he was 18.
He roams the globe telling people to be Vigilant, urging parents to
protect the family, to care about the children, not just their own, but
all children--both the born and unborn--for, he says, they are the gift of
the present and the hope of the future.
Nowadays, his hands shake uncontrollably as he
talks in halting words. His head is bent nearly to his lap; his back
is sculpted into a large S-curve from a disease that Terrorizes his body,
rendering his nervous system unable to walk without aid, tiring him on his
global mission to remind the citizens of the modern world that in the mad
rush to clone human beings, to abort unborn children, to seek the comforts
of technology--the children, the values of the family are being lost.
He pleads with the world to stop and think, to be Vigilant about the
future of the children, and their children's children. He asks those
who kill and those who seek revenge to put down their swords, to find
other solutions than Terrorism to resolve the conflicts of the world, or
between neighbors, and especially the Terrorism within a family that
results in abuse, physical or emotional, turning a child into a victim
rather than a flower of growth.
Many think the "Global Father Of Vigilance"
should retire. They pontificate that he is too old, to infirmed to
make his mark on the "modern world," and ask that he be replaced with a
younger, healthier messenger.
Vigilance is about Courage, Conviction and Right
Actions. One of Terrorism's greatest components is
Complacency--giving up, capitulating, taking a back seat, or just not
caring any more.
The Global Father of Vigilance isn't ready
to fall victim to the worst of all human diseases--Complacency.
The physical ailments that hamper his mobility have not impaired his
purpose, or the clarity of its vision.
He spoke yesterday to over 2 million people
gathered in his country to hear his words, to see the man who has traveled
the world as the Ambassador of Vigilance, who has been shot and wounded by
a Terrorist, who has met with the world's top leaders to negotiate a
"peaceful earth," who survived the Nazi occupation of his country by being
a stonecutter, vowing to do his best to rid the world of the Terrorism's
created by the Hitler's and Osama bin Ladens, or the people who "just
don't care," or believe that modern civilization is more capable of
managing the world with human systems than with ones founded on faith, or
belief in the Sentinels of Vigilance--the spirits of all the good in human
This man, Karol Wojtyla, isn't ready to
turn over his spurs to some other "Sheriff of Vigilance" because his bones
ache, or his head droops, or his hands shake from Parkinson's disease.
Speaking to the millions of his fans, his
faithful and native Citizens of Vigilance in Cracow, Poland, Karol
Wojtlyla used a line from action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to quell rumors
that he should hand over his Shield of Vigilance to someone healthier,
more mobile, younger to serve in his shoes.
At the end of
his speech to the hundreds of thousands crowded to see and hear the man
who was born 30 miles from Cracow, he paused: "I would also like to
add, 'See you again,' but I leave this completely in God's hands."
While the Pope's final words were more reserved than Schwarzenegger's
famous line, "I'll be back," the message was just as clear.
Pope John Paul II wasn't retiring from anything.
In his speech, Karol Wojtyla who was
ordained a priest in 1946, warned the estimated crowd of 2 to 2.6 million
that modern civilization has been rejecting divine law and moral
principles and openly attacks the family through issues like abortion,
cloning and euthanasia. He laid the blame partly on the "noisy
propaganda of liberalism, of freedom without truth or responsibility."
One of his concerns is that under Poland's freedom from communism and its
embracement of capitalism, has brought both good and bad with it.
One of the "bads" he points out is legalization of abortion and great
disparities in wealth have been created.
I don't promote personally any religion,
but I do the belief in a Higher Power, or God, as one might understand
that God. I've heard the word described as an acronym
for Good-Orderly-Direction. I interpret that to mean,
Vigilance--Courage, Conviction and Right Actions.
Karol Wojtyla is exhibiting his Vigilance in the
face of Parkinson's disease. He courageously continues his
pilgrimages to the far corners of the earth, reaching out in a global
attempt to represent the Father of Vigilance, to rekindle in the face of
civilization the priorities of human evaluation that exceed those of
cloning or individual rights--and replace them with tested duties of
caring more for the children's children's children than any other quest.
In summary, this goal is unconditional love for all, beginning with the
children and then extending outward.
Pope John Paul II has traveled over 500,000
miles on his mission to bring the message of "Vigilance" rather than
"Terrorism" to the world, equal to 20 trips around the world, or a round
trip to the moon and back.
He has visited 125 countries--see chart
below--from Albania to Zimbabwe and is the most traveled Pope in history.
He is also the first Pope of non-Italian birth for 450 years.
He promotes Vigilance rather than evangelizes
Catholicism. Whether it is a country steeped in communism and
rejecting the public expression of any religion such as the Soviet Union
prior to its collapse, or South American countries full of
totalitarianism, the Pope's hands, heart and words reach out to reminding
his audiences that Terrorism is finite and Vigilance infinite and faith is
an act of Courage while the lack of it a state of Complacency leaving
children vulnerable to secularism and its attendant virus: "what's-
good-for-me-today" that polarizes so many from truths far greater than
present myopic views.
I hold Karol Wojtyla in high regard.
In 1981 a 24-year-old Terrorist tried to kill him, critically wounding him
when he shot him point blank. The bullet smashed into the Pope's
abdomen, left hand and right arm, but miraculously missed any vital organs
Two years later John Paul went to the prison where Turkish citizen Mehmet Ali Agca was serving a life sentence and reaffirmed the personal
pardon he had given him three days after the shooting.
Life hasn't been easy Karol Wojtyla since October
16 when he was elected Pope and put on the Shoes of the Fisherman, those
of St. Peter, giving him, under Catholic believe, the authority of God's
messenger on earth.
Some give him credit, or his share of it, for the
crumbling of the Berlin Wall, and the end of communism throughout Europe.
Others regard him as a neutral zone, where world leaders can settle
disputes with his help.
Few can argue his intentions--to protect the children
But his problems have been as great as his glories.
The recent disclosure of child abuse by Catholic priests shattered the
confidence in the Church as a sanctuary from the world's evils.
It carved a great gash into the Church's credibility, and the shadow of
the crimes fall ultimately upon Rome, to where all roads from Catholic
churches ultimately lead.
There is also the growing pressure of the Muslim
religions escalating at a rapid pace over Christianity worldwide.
According to Jay Gary, winner of the Earl Award at the World Future
Society, since 1970 the number of Muslims has doubled to 1.2 billion.
By 2025 the number of Muslims is projected to be 2 billion versus 3
The non-religious world, however, is stabilizing.
Mr. Gary sees the number of agnostics, atheists, free thinkers and
non-religious to remain at 15% of the world population.
Worldwide, women are increasing in numbers as part of
the clergy. At the turn of the century (1900) less than 1% were
members. Today, 5% of global clergy comprises women.
In the United States, he says, 10% of the clergy are women-at-the-pulpit.
This brings up the Pope's biggest internal
political issue--the right of women to be priests. A
conservative, Karol Wojtyla has refused pressures to bring women up to the
altar. In line with this issue is the one of priestly
Fundamentally, one might think the Pope's health
a major reason for him to "retire" his post. With vital
issues on the table, high energy and a sharp mind might be called upon to
better serve the flock. But as the Father of Vigilance, one
who survived Nazi's, Terrorist attacks, the union of Europe, the assault
on the Church's moral credibility, he's not passing on his shoes--at
least, not yet.
He's still hammering home to his followers,
and those who bend their ears to his message, that our first and foremost
responsibility is to the "children of God," regardless of what
denominational umbrella that represents.
He is also warning modern society to not "tamper
with God's miracles,"--the issue of cloning and abortion and euthanasia.
In Cracow, Poland, where he spoke to millions the
other day, Teresa Witkowska, a bank worker in the city said, "He gives us
a very special look at ourselves." But then she added, "Many people
listen to him, and then they forget."
It is the "forgetting" of the message of the Father of
Vigilance that most concerns me. Instead of calling it
"forgetting," I call it Complacency.
Modern society shuns the old for the new.
This has been true since the first wheel was carved out of stone, and the
printing press came into being, and the light bulb, and now cellular
phones and the Internet. Faster, sleeker, more modern has been
the goal. And with that rapid rush toward a more comfortable way of
life, we have ensnarled ourselves in what many call "secular humanism,"
the concern more for ourselves than for others.
I don't think personally that "modern man" today is any
less "modern" than our ancestors who decided to turn a stick into a
fishing pole, or found a way to use fire and control it, or scrawled out
the first "book" on dried leaves, or dug the first well. We
are creatures of growth and evolution, which can never be stopped as long
as we have the desire for a "better world."
But for whom do we better the world?
If we are true Citizens of Vigilance, as exampled by
Karol Wojtyla, then our vision needs to focus on the children, and their
children's children's children. And, not just our own, or those of
our nation, but all children--all the innocent.
In 1985 Pope John Paul established World Youth Day, a time when hundreds
of thousands of young people learned more about faith, about each other,
about finding better ways to resolve differences than through war or
I'd like him to create World Vigilance Day, a tribute
to not just the youth, but to all sizes and shapes of "global family
members." I'd like him to try and get the Muslims and Christians to
take the non-denominational Pledge of Vigilance, as well as all those who
believe in some higher order.
I believe it our duty as Citizens of Vigilance, Parents
of Vigilance, Loved Ones of Vigilance, to carry on where the John Paul has
led us--to the crossroads of Terrorism or Vigilance.
I further believe that while one chooses not to become
a Citizen of Vigilance or take the Pledge of Vigilance, this does not
exempt them from responsibility. It only suggests they
are Complacent, indifferent, not willing to take action. If on
is truly committed to the future of the children, he or she will act
Without a Pledge staring one in the face to remind him
or her of that duty, he or she becomes a subject as anyone to the last
comment by Ms. Witkowska: "Many people listen to him, and then they
Countries And Dates Of Papal Visits
- Albania (April 1993)
- Angola (June 1992)
- Argentina (June 1982, March 1987)
- Australia (November 1986, January 1995)
- Austria (September 1983, June 1988, June 1998)
- Bahamas (January 1979)
- Bangladesh (November 1986)
- Belgium (May 1985, June 1995)
- Belize (March 1983)
- Benin (February 1982, February 1993)
- Bolivia (May 1988)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (April 1997)
- Botswana (September 1988)
- Brazil (June 1980, June 1982, October 1991, October 1997)
- Burkina Faso (May 1980, January 1990)
- Burundi (September 1990)
- Cameroon (August 1985, September 1995)
- Canada (September 1984, September 1987)
- Cape Verde (January 1990)
- Central African Republic (August 1985)
- Chad (January 1990)
- Chile (March 1987)
- Colombia (July 1986)
- Congo (May 1980)
- Costa Rica (March 1983)
- Croatia (September 1994, October 1998)
- Cuba (January 1998)
- Curacao (May 1990)
- Czech Republic (April 1990, May 1995, April 1997)
- Denmark (June 1989)
- Dominican Republic (January 1979, October 1984, October 1992)
- Ecuador (January 1985)
- Egypt (February 2000)
- El Salvador (March 1983, February 1996)
- Equatorial Guinea (February 1982)
- Estonia (September 1993)
- Fiji (November 1986)
- Finland (June 1989)
- France (May 1980, August 1983, October 1986, October 1988,
September 1996, September 1997)
- Gabon (February 1982)
- Gambia (February 1992)
- Georgia (November 1999)
- Germany (November 1980, April 1987, June 1996)
- Ghana (May 1980)
- Great Britain (May 1982)
- Greece (2001)
- Guam (February 1980)
- Guatemala (March 1983, February 1996)
- Guinea (February 1992)
- Guinea-Bissau (January 1990)
- Haiti (March 1983)
- Honduras (March 1983)
- Hungary (August 1991, September 1996)
- Iceland (June 1989)
- India (January 1986, November 1999)
- Indonesia (October 1989)
- Ireland (September 1979)
- Israel (March 2000)
- Ivory Coast (May 1980, August 1985, September 1990)
- Jamaica (August 1993)
- Japan (February 1980)
- Jordan (March 2000)
- Kenya (May 1980, August 1985, September 1995)
- La Reunion Island (April 1989)
- Latvia (September 1993)
- Lebanon (May 1997)
- Lesotho (September 1988)
- Liechtenstein (September 1985)
- Lithuania (September 1993)
- Luxembourg (May 1985)
- Madagascar (April 1989)
- Malawi (April 1989)
- Mali (January 1990)
- Malta (May 1990, 2001)
- Mauritius (October 1989)
- Mexico (January 1979, May 1990, August 1993, January 1999)
- Morocco (August 1985)
- Mozambique (September 1988)
- Netherlands (May 1985)
- New Zealand (November 1986)
- Nicaragua (March 1983, February 1996)
- Nigeria (February 1982, March 1998)
- Norway (June 1989)
- Pakistan (February 1980)
- Panama (March 1983)
- Papua New Guinea (May 1984, January 1995)
- Paraguay (May 1988)
- Peru (January 1985, May 1988)
- Philippines (February 1981, January 1995)
- Poland (June 1979, June 1983, June 1987, June 1991, August 1991,
May 1995, May 1997, June 1999)
- Portugal (May 1982, March 1983, May 1994, 2000)
- Puerto Rico (October 1984)
- Romania (May 1999)
- Rwanda (September 1990)
- Saint Lucia (July 1986)
- San Marino (August 1982)
- Sao Tome and Principe (June 1992)
- Senegal (February 1992)
- Seychelles (November 1986)
- Singapore (November 1986)
- Slovakia (June 1995, May 1996)
- Slovenia (September 1999)
- Solomon Islands (May 1984)
- South Africa (September 1995)
- South Korea (May 1984, October 1989)
- Spain (October 1982, October 1984, August 1989, June 1993)
- Sri Lanka (January 1995)
- Sudan (February 1993)
- Swaziland (September 1988)
- Sweden (June 1989)
- Switzerland (June 1982, June 1984, September 1985)
- Syria (2001)
- Tanzania (September 1990)
- Thailand (May 1984)
- Togo (August 1985)
- Trinidad and Tobago (January 1985)
- Tunisia (April 1996)
- Turkey (November 1979)
- Uganda (February 1993)
- United States (September 1979, February 1980, May 1984,
September 1987, August 1993, October 1995, January 1999)
- Uruguay (March 1987, May 1988)
- Venezuela (January 1985, February 1996)
- Zaire (May 1980, August 1985)
- Zambia (April 1989)
- Zimbabwe (September 1988)
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