THE INSTITUTIONAL CENTERED CHURCH OF JOHN PAUL II
by John R. Connolly
An understanding of Pope John Paul II's view of the church is important for two reasons. First, one can only fully understand Pope Francis's view of the church and his mission of reform by viewing it in contrast to the papacies of the two popes who proceeded him. Secondly, the source of the opposition within the Catholic Church to Pope Francis' reform is rooted in the cardinals, priests, theologians, and laity who continue to support John Paul II's view of the church and are actively working to restore it by deliberately undermining the authenticity of Pope Francis' papacy.