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Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 12:38 pm
Yes, reports Gerard Baker in the Times of London:
What has been most enjoyable about the stunned reaction of the bulk of the media to the election of Pope Benedict XVI has been the simple incredulousness at the very idea that a man such as Joseph Ratzinger could possibly have become leader of the universal Church.
Journalists and pundits for whom the Catholic Church has long been an object of anthropological curiosity fringed with patronising ridicule have really let themselves go since the new pontiff emerged. Indeed most of the coverage I have seen or read could be neatly summarised as: “Cardinals elect Catholic Pope. World in Shock.”
UPDATE. The Independent’s Tony Paterson researches the Pope’s past in his home town of Traunstein, and discovers:
In 1941 Ratzinger was nevertheless forced to join the Hitler Youth because, in that year, the Nazis made membership of the organisation compulsory. He was 14 at the time. However, he quickly won a dispensation on account of his training at the seminary.
Thus should end the whole POPE IS A NAZI!! A NAZZZZIIIII!!! lie. But it won’t. Here’s Maureen Dowd:
The white smoke Tuesday signaled that the Vatican thinks what it needs to bring it into modernity is the oldest pope since the 18th century: Joseph Ratzinger, a 78-year-old hidebound archconservative who ran the office that used to be called the Inquisition and once belonged to the Hitler Youth.