New Pope elected

04.19.05

Germany’s Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict XVI.

I don’t really feel qualified to comment on the leadership of another religion. The media reports make him sound like a conservative hard-liner – but then again, he is the Pope.

However, I can’t imagine I’m the only Jewish person out there to be feeling a bit uncomfortable by the fact that Ratzinger was once a member of the Hitler Youth – even if it was compulsory… even though the Jerusalem Post spoke up in his defence.

Update: With such a serious topic as the election of a new Pope, we can always count on The Onion for some irreverent satire.

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1 John Palubiski 04.19.05 at 7:27 PM

A care-taker Pope.

At 78 his selection may mean that many in the Vatican are at logger-heads with each other.

His papacy will no doubt be short-lived; a kind of breathing space in which the officals, the pundits and the theologians attempt to establish new long-term policies and goals for The Church.

I knew he’d been a memeber of the Hitler Youth, but I never knew he had deserted the German army and had spent time in a prison camp.

Despite his reputation as *The Divine’s pitbull*, many say he’s a kind and compassionate human being.

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2 Kofi Anan 04.19.05 at 8:15 PM

Wasn’t he also one of the architects of JPII’s conciliation with the jews?

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3 half canadian 04.20.05 at 12:02 AM

I think that charges of belonging to the Hitler Youth are unfair in so many ways. First, it was compulsory, but he was also 14. That was 64 years ago. Given what he has done (such as the aforementioned concilliation with the jews), as well as his closeness with JPII (who was no friend of repressive dictators), the worst case scenario that I see is a repentant Hitler Youth.

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4 Hanthala 04.20.05 at 2:59 AM

La-di-dah.

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5 just a guy 04.20.05 at 6:30 AM

I wish I could be pope.

Next time I’ll apply.

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