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The early life of Pope Benedict XVI concerns the period from his birth in through the completion of his education and ordination in He was the third and youngest child of Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. His father served in both the Bavarian State Police Landespolizei and the German national Regular Police Ordnungspolizei before retiring in to the town of Traunstein.

The Sunday Times described the older Ratzinger as “an anti-Nazi whose attempts to rein in Hitler’s Brown Shirts forced the family to move several times. John Allen, a Ratzinger biographer, reports a revelation made by Cardinal Ratzinger at a conference in the Vatican on 28 November This cousin was just a few months younger than Ratzinger and was taken away by the Nazi authorities for “therapy”.

Not long afterwards, the family received word that he was dead, presumably one of the ‘undesirables’ eliminated during that time. His elder brother, Georg born also became a priest.

Their sister, Maria, managed Joseph’s household until her death infulfilling a promise she made to their parents to take care of her brothers. According to his cousin Erika Kopper, Ratzinger had no desire from childhood to be anything other than a priest. At the age of 15, she says, he announced that he was going to be a bishop, whereupon she playfully remarked: The future pope, then five years old, was part of a group of children who presented the cardinal with flowers, and later that day Ratzinger announced he wanted to be a cardinal, too.

Inaged 12, he enrolled in a minor seminary in Traunstein. Ratzinger returned to the Gymnasium in Traunstein.

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Following the seminary closure he continued required attendance with the Hitler Youth to avoid financial penalties in the Gymnasium tuition fees. The financial penalty which theoretically required documentation of attendance at Hitler Youth activities was overlooked when a sympathetic mathematics professor [4] allowed him not to attend miletones meetings.


In Ratzinger’s book Salt of the EarthRatzinger says the following ” Thank goodness, there was a very understanding mathematics teacher. He himself was a Nazi but an honest man, who said to ratzingeer, ‘Just go once and get the document so that we have it’ When he saw that I simply didn’t want to, he said, ‘I understand, I’ll take care of it’, and so I was able to stay free of milestonfs.

After Joseph Ratzinger was elected pontiff infollowing the death of Pope John Paul IIa neighbor from TraunsteinElizabeth Lohner, then 84 years old,was quoted in the 17 April edition of The Times “Papal hopeful is a former Hitler Youth”asserting that “[I]t was possible to resist, and those people set an example for others.

The Ratzingers were young and had made a milestoness choice. Inwhen he was 16, Joseph Ratzinger was drafted with many of his classmates into the Luftwaffenhelfer program.

They were posted first to Ludwigsfeld, north of Munich, as part of a detachment responsible for guarding a BMW aircraft engine plant. From Innsbruck their unit went to Gilching to protect the jet fighter base and to attack Allied bombers as they massed to begin their runs milsetones Munich. At Gilching, Ratzinger served in a telephone communications post. On 10 Septemberhis class was released from the Corps.

Returning ,ilestones, Ratzinger had already received a new draft notice for the Reichsarbeitsdienst.

He was posted to the Hungarian border area of Austria ; Austria having been annexed by Germany in the Anschluss of When Milesrones was occupied by the Red Army Ratzinger was put to work setting up anti-tank defences in preparation for the expected Red Army offensive. On 20 Novemberhis unit was released from service.

Joseph Ratzinger again returned home. After three weeks passed, he was drafted into the German army at Munich and assigned to the infantry barracks in the center of Traunsteinthe city near which his family lived. After basic infantry training, he served at various posts around the city with his unit.

They were never sent to the front. In late April or early May, shortly before Germany’s surrender, he deserted. Desertions were widespread during the last weeks of the war, although deserters were subject to death if caught.

However, diminished morale and equally diminished risk of prosecution from a preoccupied and disorganized German military contributed to the growing wave of soldiers looking toward self-preservation. He left the city of Traunstein and headed for his nearby village. But, as I walked out of a railroad underpass, two soldiers were standing at their posts, and for a moment the situation ratzinter extremely exciting for me.


Thank God that they, too, had had their fill of war and did not want to become murderers. Soon after, two SS members were given shelter at the Ratzinger family house, and they began to make enquiries about the presence there of a young man of military age.

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Cardinal Ratzinger wrote in his memoirs: When the Americans arrived in the village, “I was identified as a soldier, had to put back on the uniform I had already abandoned, had to raise my hands and join the steadily growing throng of war prisoners whom they were lining up on our meadow.

It especially cut my good mother’s heart to see her boy and the rest of the defeated army standing there, exposed to an uncertain fate Following repatriation inboth Ratzinger brothers entered a Catholic seminary in Freisingand later studied at the Herzogliches Georgianum of the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. According to an interview with Peter Seewald [ who?

By the end of his studies, he was drawn more to the active Saint Augustine than to Thomas Aquinasand among the scholastics he was more interested in Saint Bonaventure. On 29 Junethe brothers, along with other seminarians from Traunstein seminary, were ordained in Freising by Cardinal Faulhaber of Munich.

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His dissertation was on Augustine, entitled “The People and the House of God in Augustine’s Doctrine of the Church”, and his Habilitationsschrift a mileatones which serves as qualification for a professorship was on Bonaventure.

It was completed in and he became a professor of Freising college in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nazi Germany to World War II portal. Retrieved 16 September Ignatius Press, San Francisco. Cardinals created People venerated People beatified Saints canonized Pastoral visits. Holy Week Jesus mileztones Nazareth: Retrieved from ” https: All articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases Articles with specifically marked weasel-worded hoseph from January All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Views Read Edit View history.

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