Considering he was a member of the hitler youth, I can't say I'm sad to see him go. It's about time.
Originally Posted by sKorpio1190
I didn't know he was part of this, but I don't think that necessarily should be held against him. If that is the case, there are lots of white Americans who went along with segregation and unjust laws because "that is just what people did back then." my point is that some of us have done stupid things or thought them and then grew up and realized how stupid we really were. Obviously I'm not talking about adults who willingly tortured someone else because they thought they were better than that person and not having to do time for the crime.
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
There were people who didn't join Hitler youth despite the fact it was "mandatory." It cost some of them their lives, and some survived. They were just braver and stronger. I don't judge those who weren't for not being braver and stronger, and don't know what would have happened if I were in that situation.

This is different, though. To me, if you're talking Pope, you have to be completely beyond reproach. You're supposed to be a choice of G-d, which means you shouldn't have that shady past if G-d really wanted you to end up there.

The fact that I walked around the Jewish area of Rome and listened to some of the discussion of his anti-Semitism and the fear they all had because of him didn't lessen my impression any, either! His choices while Pope could also be seen as anti-Semitic as well.

And that's not to mention all the terrible things others have hinted at or mentioned in this thread.

He wanted to be Pope. He was supposed to be the cardinal who led the selection process when John Paul II died, but wound up as as the Pope (sort of like Cheney picking himself as Bush's VP).

I think he is resigning because he wants someone powerful to lead the church in his direction, but he no longer has the strength to do so.
Originally Posted by juicyfruit
I hadn't heard that. If he had led the selection he wouldn't have been eligible, right?
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.

But at least the pews never attend yoga!