.- Catholic League president William Donohue says Newsweek should âpull the plugâ on columnist Christopher Dickey after he suggested in an article that Pope John Paul II continues to impose his will on the Catholic Church by his âstubbornâ will to live. Dickeyâs article in the âPeriscopeâ section of the March 7 edition of Newsweek is titled âHe Has WillpowerâBut No âLiving Will.ââ
In it, Dickey states: âEven as the aged popeâs body shuts down in the late stages of Parkinsonâs disease, his will to liveâand to impose his will on the Roman Catholic faithfulâremains as stubborn as ever.â He later writes that if the Pope were to slip into a coma, âCould anyoneâwould anyoneâpull the plug?â
âWhen presidents like Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt continue in office despite poor health, they are regarded as courageous, even heroic,â Donohue said, pointing out the contradictions. âWhat is really astonishingâand maybe Dickey could address thisâis the extent to which this dictatorial pope is loved the world over.