As Der Spiegel’s Matthias Mattussek writes –
“Looking back, there will be disagreement whether Woytila was a pope of inclusion or exclusion. […] He was conservative, he was obstinate, he was a provacation. He said, kneel down, pray a rosary. But millions of people on all continents have been captured … by this pope’s fight, and who does not pray will at least show respect, even in enmity. Bidding farewell to him, the world suddenly appears to be more dangerous.”
I suppose, being as controversial as Karol Woytila was is a sign of success in an organisation as diverse and global as is the Roman Catholic Church. Mattussek is right – even if we do not agree with him on theological or political issues, or not even share his faith at all – it is impossible not to respect this pope’s achievements.