The Pope was a good guy, and I expect he'll be missed more and more as time passes. Anyone who stood against Nazis and Communists is all right with me, and he was indeed part of the fall of Soviet communism, a moral good that can't be diminished by disagreements about sexual matters.
I don't get pissy with the Catholic Church about their often silly and counterproductive statements and actions, because I believe they are on balance a Good Thing. I just think more people get help and comfort from the Church than get molested, oppressed or offended. It's sillly to take every attempt to suppress harmful and/or offensive things as an attack on personal freedom; I don't believe Larry Flynt's right to sell porn trumps my mother's right to not see it in a 7-11, and I don't believe slippery slope arguments have the least shred of validity in this day and age, not since a majority of people in the world learned what a slippery slope is.
But back to the late pontiff - he was a fine fellow and I wish I had paid more attention to him while he was alive.