Sector 7 wrote:
There is always a choice. Many martyrs have died for their beliefs... and the Catholic Church calls them Saints. Ratzinger took the easy way out. This makes him a coward.
So you would prefer that not only he, but his whole family, had been executed as traitors to the state? Because that's what the Nazis did.
It is not our place to expect anyone to die. We have no right. This includes Ratzinger and anyone else who was conscripted against their will.