It’s no surprise that an op-ed commenter listed as having recently left the Catholic Church would attack her alma mater, but this hit piece in the Philadelphia Daily News is particularly vile. It is vile because it makes a long stretch to insinuate that Joseph and Georg Ratzinger were not involuntarily conscripted into the Nazi army as has been said, but “made a different choice”, and that different choice is evident in Pope Benedict’s election to the papacy.
The concept of choices made and examples set is important in understanding the deep-seated corruption that is now evidenced in the pedophilia grand jury documentation. These cardinals, alleged moral leaders, elected Ratzinger - a man surrounded by astonishing acts of evil against his neighbors, and who was incapable of personal risk to resist.
This is the worst kind of personal attack, insinuating based on no evidence at all except an anecdote from one elderly German woman that the Ratzinger brothers were more concerned with saving their own skins than opposing evil and this somehow is evidence that their whole lives have been lived with this philosophy.
It has long been held by people on all sides of debate that the fact that a German man or boy was conscripted into the German army in World War II did not automatically make him a Nazi or guilty by association of the Nazis’ crimes against humanity.
If Donna Gentile O’Donnell wants to be outraged over the Scandal as it erupted in Philadelphia, then she can join the club. But her disgusting ethnicity-based slurs and slander against Pope Benedict—who I shouldn’t have to remind you wasn’t even Pope when all this stuff occurred—goes way over the line. And shame on the Philadelphia Daily News for printing this trash.