You know something big is happening when a conservative German politician stands up to the first German Pope. From the BBC 2/3/09:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the Vatican's clarifications over the readmission of a bishop who queries the Holocaust do not go far enough.
"In my opinion these clarifications are not yet sufficient," Mrs Merkel said.
Chancellor Merkel's stand regarding Ratzinger (papal play name "Benedict") is an even bigger deal than an American politician standing up to Rick Warren, which never happens. Obviously, democracy in Germany is not anywhere near as dysfunctional as it is here in the US.
Chancellor Merkel also said:
"This should not be allowed to pass without consequences," Mrs Merkel said at a news conference in Berlin.
"This is not just a matter, in my opinion, for the Christian, Catholic and Jewish communities in Germany but the Pope and the Vatican should clarify unambiguously that there can be no denial," she said.