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    You've got it backwards. As I said, I don't hold his decision to join the Nazis against the 14 year old. I hold against the 70 year old his decision to become pope, and to dismiss criticism of his joining the Nazis as "I was forced; everybody was doing it".

    Do you see the difference? Popes are expected by most people to meet a higher moral standard than most people. How about the other boys in his town who ran for the hills rather than join the Nazis? They were exceptional - the kind of exceptional we expect from someone who would be pope. He didn't even use his youthful experience accepting evil rather than suffer to explain how Jesus forgives even those who have committed the worst sin, once they confess and repent.

    I already said all that. You are refusing to listen. Your lack of understanding is not due to any flaw in my presentation of the facts, logic and compassion here. For whatever reason, you don't want to hold this pope to a higher standard than he has met, though you have other axes to grind against him.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:05:04 PM PST

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