OK: I'll admit the unpopular.
I was not keen on John Paul II. I think his pontificate was intellectually repressive, disasterous for women and gays, and a triumph of the dogmatic. The Catholic church in America is not in good shape.
I don't understand the Protestant paroxysms of grief, and am disgusted by the media's Reaganesque all-sunshine coverage.
That's all I'll say on the matter.
I'll mourn Saul Bellow instead.