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Pope Recalls Being German POW
Fox News & AP ^ | April 19, 2005

Posted on 04/19/2005 1:38:13 PM PDT by yoely

BERLIN — In May 1945, thousands of German prisoners of war trudged down the highway toward the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling (search). Among them — tired but grateful to be alive — was 18-year-old Joseph Ratzinger (search), who just days before had risked death by deserting the German army.

"In three days of marching, we hiked down the empty highway, in a column that gradually became endless," the new pope recalled years later in his memoirs.

"The American soldiers photographed us, the young ones, most of all, in order to take home souvenirs of the defeated army and its desolate personnel."

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1 posted on 04/19/2005 1:38:16 PM PDT by yoely
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To: yoely

Awesome post--thanks for it! Couldn't be more timely, with the MSM and the Left clamoring for dirt or controversy...


2 posted on 04/19/2005 1:39:23 PM PDT by jcb8199
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"A local teacher, he remembered, became an ardent follower of the new movement, and tried to institute a pagan May pole ritual as more fitting of Germanic ways than the traditional, conservative Catholicism."

May Pole = Asherath Pole.

Liberalism = Satan.

Some things never change.


3 posted on 04/19/2005 1:41:46 PM PDT by henkster (When democrats talk of "the rich," they are referring to anyone with a private sector job.)
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To: 4ConservativeJustices

he was a nazi.......shezam!


4 posted on 04/19/2005 1:41:46 PM PDT by Ff--150 (But My God shall supply all your need)
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To: Ff--150
"...had risked death by deserting the German army."

Hitler forced young men to join up and punished those that didn't. His desertion disqualifies him from being a Nazi. I've heard that his father was against Hitler as well.
5 posted on 04/19/2005 1:46:19 PM PDT by mad puppy ( "He's with me!" And I'm with W.)
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To: jcb8199
For years, he and his family had watched the Nazis strengthen their grip on Germany. His father, a policeman and a convinced anti-Nazi, moved the family at least once after clashing with local followers of the party. A local teacher, he remembered, became an ardent follower of the new movement, and tried to institute a pagan May pole ritual as more fitting of Germanic ways than the traditional, conservative Catholicism.

The Nazis were anti-Christian? That's not going to sit well with the left.

6 posted on 04/19/2005 1:46:28 PM PDT by The_Victor (Doh!... stupid tagline)
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To: yoely

Oh, no. What has the Catholic church become?

Denote sarcasm.

Great post, yoely.


7 posted on 04/19/2005 1:46:59 PM PDT by writer33 ("In Defense of Liberty," a political thriller, released in March. Buy it. I need new shoes. :))
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To: yoely

He's a hero. And someone was spreading a story that he was a Nazi. For God's sake!!


8 posted on 04/19/2005 1:47:39 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( Theresa Marie SCHINDLER - We will NEVER FORGET! - IMPEACH JUDGE GREER!!!)
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To: yoely
Oh boy what was the Vatican thinking by putting a former German who was in WWII? You know something is going to come out of this.
9 posted on 04/19/2005 1:47:54 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: yoely

BUSH's (sr) fault


10 posted on 04/19/2005 1:48:16 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (The MRS wanted to go to an expensive place to eat so I took her to the gas station.)
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Having been in Hitler Youth or Hitler's army in Germany at that time means nothing. I knew another very holy priest, Fr. Karl Patzelt, who had also been conscripted into Hitler's army. He was taken from a Jesuit seminary and sent to the battlefield as a stretcher bearer (because the men sent out to pick up the wounded during the battle often got killed themselves, and seminarians were clearly expendable).

Unfortunately for him, he was captured by the Russian Army and spent 10 years in a Gulag. When he emerged it was with the desire to preach to the Russian people. He changed to the Byzantine Rite and became a Jesuit whose mission it was to prepare for the fall of Communism. For many years, he was the pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in San Francisco. He was one of the few genuinely holy priests I have ever met.


11 posted on 04/19/2005 1:49:08 PM PDT by livius
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To: Saundra Duffy

I would not call any German in WWII a hero. Sorry that is just not in the vocabulary.


12 posted on 04/19/2005 1:49:48 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Ff--150

Ratzinger a Nazi? Don't believe it
Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 18, 2005 | Sam Ser

Posted on 04/19/2005 12:52:18 PM EDT by Alouette


13 posted on 04/19/2005 1:49:54 PM PDT by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: Sprite518

Was he engaged in battle with US forces? It seems he might have been. In his biography, he is mum about some details.


14 posted on 04/19/2005 1:50:16 PM PDT by TFine80
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To: yoely

It probably saved his life....


15 posted on 04/19/2005 1:51:48 PM PDT by stylin19a (Always remember - don't ever forget - "2 wrongs don't make a right, it's 3 lefts that make a right.")
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To: Sprite518; Saundra Duffy
If you risk your life to desert the Nazi army at the age of 18, you're a hero.

That IS the right word.

16 posted on 04/19/2005 1:51:56 PM PDT by ohioWfan ("If My people, which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray.....")
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To: TFine80

I just think its a bad P.R. move. I hope a can a worms does not come out of this.


17 posted on 04/19/2005 1:53:08 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: yoely

To avoid duplication, please do not change the title. Thanks.


18 posted on 04/19/2005 1:53:55 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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Oh come on....he was drafted(forced) into the auxiliary anti-aircraft services towards the end of the war. It was ether join or be shot. It's not like he was a member of the SS or SA.....please


19 posted on 04/19/2005 1:54:31 PM PDT by JayP56
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To: ohioWfan

Let's just hope that really was his position back then. Like I said I just do not think this is a good P.R. move. If this guy by any chance was not upfront about his Service, then this is going to be a can of worms.


20 posted on 04/19/2005 1:55:26 PM PDT by Sprite518
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