Monday, April 18, 2005

The New Pope!

"London's Sunday Times would have us believe that one of the leading contenders for the papacy is a closet Nazi. In if-only-they-knew tones, the newspaper informs readers that German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II and suggests that, because of this, the 'panzer cardinal' would be quite a contrast to his predecessor, John Paul II. The article also classifies Ratzinger as a 'theological anti-Semite' for believing in Jesus so strongly that -- gasp! -- he thinks that everyone, even Jews, should accept him as the messiah. To all this we should say, 'This is news?!' ... Ratzinger's membership in the Hitler Youth was not voluntary but compulsory; also admitted are the facts that the cardinal -- only a teenager during the period in question -- was the son of an anti-Nazi policeman, that he was given a dispensation from Hitler Youth activities because of his religious studies, and that he deserted the German army. ... As prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, Ratzinger played an instrumental role in the Vatican's revolutionary reconciliation with the Jews under John Paul II. He personally prepared Memory and Reconciliation, the 2000 document outlining the church's historical 'errors' in its treatment of Jews. And as president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Ratzinger oversaw the preparation of The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible, a milestone theological explanation for the Jews' rejection of Jesus. If that's theological anti-Semitism, then we should only be so lucky to 'suffer' more of the same. As for the Hitler Youth issue, not even Yad Vashem [the definitive Holocaust Museum] has considered it worthy of further investigation. Why should we?" --Jerusalem Post


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