I think the Pope expressed what he felt and his remarks were calculated. Pope Benedict came into his thrown with a reputation of being the staunch defender of orthodoxy. What is troubling about this Pope is that we have seen a pattern that seems to indicate he is taking the church back to the dark ages. One of his first acts once becoming Pope was to demote the person in charge of interfaith dialogue and understanding--specifically with Islam. I forget his title and rank but his name was Fitzgerald. I find it amusing Jews cheering this Pope. I know one thing, had he insulted Judaism, his Nazi past, a member of a Nazi Youth group would SURELY COME UP. As for the force conversion remarks the Pope dared to utter, as the article accurately points out, the Catholic Church has no moral leg to stand on. Spaniards with the blessing of the Pope went to the New World and slaughtered thousands if not millions of Indians as they conquered and tried to convert the "savages".
South African court throws out fraud case against opposition politician (Reuters)
from the article: Political error or calculated move?