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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 20.04.05 | 15:35 (IDT)

    To Sebusch: Not only you, Sebusch, are saddened by these comments about Pope Benedict XVI's "nazi" past. His family certainly may not have been philosemites, but his father, according to reports, moved frequently because of his opposition to Nazism. Membership in the Hitler Youth was mandatory and Ratzinger was apparently not in frequent attendance of their meetings or rallies. He was taken out of the seminary and drafted into the army. He had a finger infection which kept him fromlearning to shoot. Also it should be pointed out to the one who seems so indignant about his alleged past that the Catholic church teaches something called the atoning power of repentence. If Pope John Paul II could embrace him as a Pole, whose nation lost 3 million to the Nazi inferno, then so can we Jews.

    from the article: New pope seen continuing relations with Israel, Jews
    First published 00:00 20.04.05 | Last updated 00:00 20.04.05
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