Monday, April 18, 2005 at 11:06 AM
Today, Catholic Cardinals secrete themselves to elect a new Pope. But already we are being entertained by the machinations of the Judas Iscariots among them.
Up until last weekend, many pontifical pundits were touting the holy merits of Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany and, thereby, making him the putative front runner. Then suddenly, leaks about the days of his Hitler Youth began permeating media outlets around the world. And, any notion or prayer that these holy men would engage in a spiritual Conclave devoid of secular sleaze was effectively dashed.
Unfortunately, it does not seem to matter that Ratzinger, like all German children of the Third Reich, was required by law to join Hitler’s juvenile corps of Aryan troops. And, especially given his vocation, that Ratzinger’s Nazi past obviously amounts to nothing more than having been an obedient child doing as his parents instructed and his country commanded. (An explanation that no fair-minded person would dismiss with the same moral disdain as the specious and reprehensible excuse of “just following orders” proffered by Nazi war criminals.)
Moreover, hasn’t the statute of limitations expired on the collective guilt of all Germans for transgressions perpetrated by Hitler’s regime?
Clearly this is just a Machiavellian ploy by Ratzinger’s holy opponents to put blood on his hands by conjuring up allusions to Pope Pius XII – who lives in infamy as Hitler’s Pope. Unfortunately, this character assassination of Ratzinger seems entirely consistent with so much that is unholy about the Catholic Church.
Indeed, it only remains for them to now give Cardinal Law of Boston – that pontiff of the Church’s sex abuse scandals – the honor of announcing – Habemus Papam!