Way to Go, Cardinals
VATICAN CITY Apr 19, 2005- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the church's leading hard-liner, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself "a simple, humble worker."So much for the hopes of love, peace and a more tolerant, progressive Catholic Church.
UPDATE 4/20: Pope Palpatine's Wild Berlin Adventure
A lot of people are making hay over Pope Benni (minus the Jets) and his Hitler Youth escapade. We're told by the talking heads and those in the know that well, gee, everyone was in the Hitler Youth back then, so we shouldn't hold it against him. Sorry folks, the "just following orders" excuse didn't fly in Nuremberg and it ain't flying now.
For some reason, we're now to believe that the German Teenagers of 1933-45 were the only ones in history who weren't rebellious by nature. Right. Sure. He was drafted into the Hitler Youth and went along for the ride, just like a lot fo other young kids did. Children are impressionable and regret the choices they make. A lot of Germans got caught up in the mob mentality of the Nazi party. That's what was so scary about the Nazis: they tapped into a secret desire and gave everyone involved an excuse to give in to their dark side. But that's not an excuse. It's never an excuse.
When you're 14, you can still tell right from wrong, even if everyone else is doing the wrong thing.
Also, we're expected to believe that this man is an exceptional member of the human race, virtuous and sanctified. Except for the years he was in the Hitler Youth, The he was just another German kid going along with the crowd. Who just happened to grew up to be Grand Inquisitor.