Meet the new Pope, same as the old Pope

Super conservative and former Hitler Youth, Joseph Ratzinger has been elected pope by the college of Cardinal. Has the Church missed an opportunity for some much needed change? Only time will tell.

Although there is no suggestion that he was involved in any atrocities, his service may be contrasted by opponents with the attitude of John Paul II, who took part in anti-Nazi theatre performances in his native Poland and in 1986 became the first pope to visit Rome’s synagogue.

Post title inspired by The Who’s Won’t get Fooled Again.

In the Vatican, he has been the driving force behind crackdowns on liberation theology, religious pluralism, challenges to traditional moral teachings on issues such as homosexuality, and dissent on such issues as women’s ordination.