You are probably wondering why I feel this why. It's simple. The Roman Catholic Church's history makes this story and Ratzinger's "plea" a total joke.
Isn't this precious? Since we are in the "Holy Week" the "head" of the RCC decides to get all peaceful on us."Pope Benedict XVI denounced the 5-year-old Iraqi war and issued one of his strongest appeals for peace in the country Sunday"
A few words come to mind when I think about this...Inquisition, The Index, and the Jesuits. Need I say more?
In the 1200's Pope "Innocent" issued a papal bull called Ad Exstirpanda which authorized the use of torture by inquisitors against non-Catholics that the RCC deemed dangerous which included anyone who questioned the RCC.
These torturous acts were only supposed to happen once. So, if the RCC wanted to torture again, they just said that it was a continuation of the first.
The church was not permitted to kill (like burning at the stake) so they forced the state to do so with a threat of excommunication if they refused.
The "Index" of prohibited books (Index Librorum Prohibitorum) was a list of books that the RCC deemed dangerous.
Where are the watchers of the watchdoggies to talk about this one? I say chasing their tails.
So, who cares what the head of the RCC has to say? He and his church lost all credibility when they prostituted the gospel for power and money about 1200-1400 years ago.