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.
I hadn't heard that. If he had led the selection he wouldn't have been eligible, right?