Many Catholics disagree with many of his views as well.
Germans find all Nazi comparisons extremely offensive, including the one made above. It’s like calling African-Americans niggers.
No it isn’t, nor was it meant to be. I said the pope was a nazi not all Germans. Yes there is a growing nationalist movement in Germany but it’s still small enough to regulate and it’s mainly a knee jerk reaction to immigrants. And Benedict was a member of the Hitler jungend. I also know that he isn’t now . My comment was meant to be facetious and not an ethnic slam. I don’t know any Germans who relate in any way to the third reich, especially the kids. They’d like to forget that period in history but their teachers won’t let them. And your reference to African-Americans won’t wash. Germans don’t call themselves nazis as a cultural epithet.
I understand that it was not meant to be. Yes, you said the Pope was a Nazi not all Germans, and I still find this extremely offensive, and so do the vast majority of Germans, even if they totally dislike the Pope. Americans don’t seem to get this. Nazi comparisons are taboo. It’s like comparing African-Americans to monkeys. I understand that you find that hard to believe. Germans are even outraged about terms like grammar Nazi. The term suggests that Nazis were just strict people. But they were extremely well organized mass murders.
No, there isn’t a growing neo-Nazi movement in Germany. It has remained pretty stable over the past decades. These neo-Nazi movements exists in all Western countries including the US. We need to be vigilant and we are.
Yes, Benedict was a member of the Hitler-Jugend and so were 98% of the children at the time. From this you can’t conclude that he was or became a Nazi when he was young.
You are also wrong that today’s teenagers want to forget that period in history, but their teachers won’t let them. The opposite is true. Both adults and teenagers know that keeping the memory and understanding what happened is key to making sure this never gets repeated.
Maybe you think that Germans got no sense of humor. They do. You just won’t find the term Nazi. Saying that Benedict is a Nazi isn’t funny.