I am a Mormon, so I thought I would chip in my 2 cents on this. Here it is:
Mormons think their religion is better and more complete than any of the others, so they proselytize people, including Catholics. However, they still recognize that other religions can have a good deal of truth, and so we ought to support each other in areas where we agree.
Catholics think their religion is beter and more complete than any of the others, so they proselytize people, including Mormons. In fact, Catholic Answers recently published a book called “When Mormons Call” which gives instructions on how to try to get Mormon missionaries and acquaintances to question their faith. However, they still recognize that other religions can have a good deal of truth, and even recognize the baptisms performed in some of them.
Why would any of this prevent a Mormon from admiring JPII as someone who fought for good in the world? As someone who would agree with us on more than most, and who was courageous in acting on his beliefs? As someone who tried to promote peace? For heaven’s sake, by your logic I’m not allowed to admire Ghandi or Martin Luther King, Jr.
I understand your frustration when your parishioners are proselytized by other faiths, but I think the spirit of bitterness you exhibit is unbecoming a priest. After all, don’t you try to convince others to become Catholic? Who cares?
And for what it’s worth, the little “joke” you posted was obviously not meant as a joke. It was meant as a “cute” story about the naive things little kids say. Big deal. Even so, I didn’t think it was funny.