the military regime to justice. His silence on this issue may have bought the government acquiescence.
After Bolivia, the pope's next stop was to be Peru for two days, where he would conclude a Eucharistic Marian Congress. The "sects" were already objecting to so much Mariology.
The trip was to conclude in Paraguay, where a difficult encounter with Latin America's longest-serving dictator, Gen. Alfredo Stroessner, was expected. Stroessner insisted that the pope visit Encarnación, his birthplace. The bishops reluctantly agreed.
Speaking of his coming meeting with Stroessner in the plane on the way out of Rome, John Paul had said, "What he does is his responsibility; what I do is my responsibility. My responsibility is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and the social doctrine of the church."
That may have summed up, in advance, his first week in Latin America. □
( October 14, 1988) Ten years have passed since Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Kraków was elected pope, Oct. 16, 1979, taking the name John Paul II.
He is very different from the two popes whose names he took. He is unlike the shrewd, relaxed and cultivated peasant, John XXIII, who saw himself as an enabler of the Holy Spirit. That was the reason that he called Vatican II. John Paul would never have called a council.
Nor does he resemble the anxious, tortured Paul VI, who completed John's council. Where Paul was hesitant, he is decisive. Where Paul left "openings," he closes them.
So much so that one school of interpretation of John Paul's pontificate presents it as "correcting" the liberal "weaknesses" of Paul's pontificate.