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    • Roland
    • 30.12.09 | 22:45 (IST)

    Even a self-proclaimed historian should be more precise. First the names, it is Joseph Ratzinger (not Rantzinger) and Guenter Grass (not Gross). Regarding Benedict's relationship with Nazism, you may believe him or not, but critizising him for not joining a resistence movement in 1944/45 is quite pretentious. At that time in this total war scenario Germany's defences - especially its air defences - desintegrated, allowing the enemy to level one city after the other and killing its inhabitants. Equally pretentious is the assumption "The teachings of Hetler Yugend pop up time and again in his statements and actions.", but it sums up the whole article pretty well. Lacking further information about Pius' role, the professor expresses his uneasiness with both Benedict and Pius, essentially accusing them of being "too German". The "authoritarian centralist world-view" he ascribes to both vs. liberalism and modernity is wonderful stereotypical in this regard.

    from the article: Why has Pope Benedict chosen now to beatify Nazi-era pontiff?
    First published 13:40 28.12.09 | Last updated 13:40 28.12.09
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