Originally Posted by ClamKnuckle
UM...does it bother anyone that he was a Nazi, or that you don't hear the fact that he was a Nazi mentioned anywhere (atleast I don't)
He and his family were never pro-Nazi. He was, however, a member of the Hitler Youth and an anti-aircraft crewmember in the closing weeks of the war. Initially, I was quite disturbed by this too.
Joseph Ratzinger (b. 1927) was 18 years old when the war in Europe ended. Membership in the Hitler Youth was made compulsory in 1941, when Ratzinger was 14 - it's not like he had much of a choice. When he was 18, he was drafted into the army, where he manned a flak battery. He deserted his post before the war's end.
I'm hopeful that the new Pope will take up where John Paul II left off as far as improving relations between the Catholic Church and Judaism. In fact, both the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Jewish Anti-Defamation League have welcomed Benedict XVI.