I went to a meeting for “young adults” recently, where there was a speaker who was in his early 40’s or so. The topic was “relations between Catholicism and Islam”. I noticed something interesting: while emphasizing how “good things were with Islam” during JP2’s papacy, he then took a a shot at Benedict XVI, stating “haha, well things were a little rocky there”.
Another individual I was talking to, while referring to JP2, simply referred to Benedict XVI as “Ratzinger”; both these people are Gen-X folks. I understand how much Generation X loves John Paul II, but what I don’t understand is why they feel it’s ok to take shots at Benedict XVI. I’ve also seen this attitude in the writings of various gen-x “theologians” online as well.