For the record, Joseph Ratzinger , as far as I have discovered, is linked to the Nazi Party only by being a German subject in Germany at the time of the Third Reich, being required, under threat, to join a Hitler Youth Group, and being conscripted, twice I believe, into the German army. He was part of the very young men who were used essentially as canon fodder. The young Ratzinger deserted the Army and returned to his home village, knowing that the penalty for his crime was death. Fortunately, he was captured by the Americans, and when the war was over, he returned to the seminary. That is the extent of the Pope's connection to Nazism, and for that he is being unjustly labeled as a Nazi.
Commentary: Benedict abused as 'nazi pope'
The Hedgehog Report has a post: Liberals Call Pope Benedict XVI A Nazi
I have not been to Daily Kos in a while, but I went earlier this afternoon and it seems like every other diary on the site refers to Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi. In fact, there is this diary that actually demands that liberals call him the Nazi Pope. If you think I am cherry picking off of Daily Kos, you can find other Pope Benedict XVI=Nazi diaries here, here, and here. And that does not even include the numerous references to Pope Benedict XVI as the Nazi pope in comments of other diaries.Here is a typical post from the liberal blogs, this one the best known of all, Daily KOS. In addition, the Daily KOS blog has a poll asking "Should we call Ratzinger Nazi Pope?"
"Is Ratzinger still a Nazi?by hillariousThe following are links to MSN sites:
Tue Apr 19th, 2005 at 14:32:11 PDT
There's heated debate about whether it's appropriate to call Ratzinger the Nazi Pope. It is not clear he's still influenced by the Nazi teaching during his childhood, however, it is clear he was in the Nazi Youth Camp and he is notoriously ultraconversative.
I'm pretty tired of hearing people say we should not question his past, and he was just a child etc. Yes, he was a child, but we're talking about the spiritual leader of Catholics. What is wrong to hold him to high standard? Why can't they choose another cardinal with better image? If he didn't have the courage to resist joining Nazi Youth Camp, probably we should not expect him to be the leader as well.I will call him Nazi Pope, plain and simple, for his past, more importantly, for his current facist doctrine."
NAZI PAST HAUNTING CARDINAL, (NY Post)
Pope's Nazi past, (MSNBC)
Unease about new pope rooted in his German past, (Seattle News)
Where the Pope's From, Pride Still Seems a Sin, (NY Times)
Papal hopeful is a former Hitler Youth (Times Online)
THE GERMAN POPE - England Fumes over Selection of "Papa Ratzi"