Friday, May 15, 2009

Give Ben a break

I understand that some Israeli leaders have criticized the Pope for allegedly not being specific enough in his denunciation of the Holocaust. They've also brought up his past in the German Army during WWII.

Bringing up the latter is ridiculous. Benny was drafted. He was a teen. Yes, the courageous thing to do would be to speak up and denounce the war before being drafted. If he had, he wouldn't be the Pope - he would be dead, like Franz Jägerstatter and Dietrich Bonhöffer. Few of us have that courage. Perhaps those folks should ask themselves, why aren't they denouncing the occupation of Palestine?

Give Ben a break on the Nazi issue.

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