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  • What's difficult to believe, that teenagers sometimes make the wrong decisions or that complaining about it from relative safety, comfort, and the additional historical perspective of sixty intervening years is quite a bit easier than actually facing the choice yourself?

    If that's the way you judge the world, I certainly hope that you haven't made any mistakes even in the past ten years.

    • What stance is he taking now about his participation in the military? Does he admit to it openly and denounce it as an error in judgement?

      I am merely watching this from the sidelines, so I cannot answer these question, but that is the criterion by which he shall be judged.

      Not perfection is required, but ability to take responsibility one’s actions. Credibility is dependent upon this alone.

      • I don't understand the idea that it's hypocrisy to denounce an action that you yourself performed decades earlier. Could there be any debate technique less interesting?

        • Hm? There is a misunderstanding here somewhere. I intended to express that if he does not openly own up to his service in the military and does not openly denounce it as an error in judgement, but also holds the quoted positions, then that is hypocrisy.
          • He doesn't need to openly do anything. Why do you think he does? Because now he is the Pope. That is the only reason. When he was a cardinal, you didn't give a cr**. Now becuase he is Pope he has to suddenly apologize for something he did in his teens? Forget about what his life has stood for for the past 60 years.
        • This is similar to the situation I face in explaining my felony convictions [lightlink.com].

          I'm occasionally asked "do you believe what you did was wrong?", to which I must reply:

          If you're asking "would I do it again?", I would have to ask "knowing only what I knew then" or "knowing what I know now". To which the answers are then correspondingly: "yes", and "no".

          I don't believe I made an error in judgement. I made an error in how much (or little) I knew about my environment. I made perfect decisions regarding fau

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          • Randal L. Schwartz
          • Stonehenge