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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 [].

          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

          • Randal L. Schwartz
          • Stonehenge
    • 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.

      I'm not running for pope.

      These aren't positions where you walk out on the street and accept the first candidate that meets some minimum criteria. They are supposed to be the "best of the best".

      If I were Catholic, I would consider it an affront to God that they could not find the time to search for a better candidate. Message to God: We spent a day, hope that is good enough. I would also
      • When I was learning to cook, I put too much oil in a pan one day and didn't cover it properly as it heated and it splashed out. Instead of covering it and turning down the heat, I immediately tried to mop up the mess with a dishtowel. As it soaked up oil, I brought it too near the heat and the towel ignited in my hand.

        I say this not as a warning to you, because my best understanding of your point is that by having made this mistake, I don't have any moral authority to warn you to be careful when cooking

        • Dude, that is one cool analogy.

          But... the repercussions from the lesson are evident. There is absolutely nothing to support the idea that what the church suggest is wrong really is wrong. The repercussions are NOT evident, they require an act of faith.

          Yet somehow, they believe that people really should do something wrong... disobey the law. That is the hypocrisy. In order to avoid some "possible" wrong you are required to commit a definite wrong.

          And since we have learned from the pope that exceptions are
  • "The highest price" seems to stop short of not joining an army whose cause you don't believe in.

    Looks like he didn't want to be a martyr.

    I suspect that the "price" of not joining the army at that stage in the war was getting shot. I may be wrong. Whereas I doubt anyone is going to get killed in modern Spain for expressing their beliefs (well, strictly, the church's beliefs. Not that the two are supposed to differ.)