Monday, June 20, 2005

Regarding "Vatican suspends beatification of French priest", Ha'Aretz, June 20, 2005:
While the fact that pope Benedict XVI is German, was a member of ( not "served in" ) the Hitler Youth, and served in the Wehrmacht was newsworthy and relevant when he was elected as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, it seems a bit too much to repeat those facts whenever his relations with the Jewish people are a topic of discussion. The man has proven himself as someone who understands what is important for us in our relationship with his church, and we should 'judge' and appreciate him as a member and as the head of that church, not as a German who happens to be guilty of being born a few years too early.

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