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Iraqi Catholic Bishop on the War

March 20, 2007

Due to comments that were made in the previous post about the war, I decided to post something else that caught my attention.

Many of us are, in general, good-natured people, who do not like to see other people suffering and especially due to oppression of certain regimes. We all have a common purpose, but somehow we differ in how to achieve it. Pope John Paul II did not hesitate nor apologize in repudiating the war and many of the faithful (myself included) struggled with his position. At the same time, those of us who do not support the war will not apologize either when repudiating unjust situations. Personally, I do believe that it is irresponsible to take a position like Nancy Pelosi who wants to pull the troops out immediately. We are there, we caused the chaos in Iraq, now we have to fix it at all cost, but that does not mean that we are going to paint this war as a just (and good) one.

But what does the Church in Iraq have to say about the war? Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad had a few things to say yesterday on the fourth anniversary of the invasion:

“Before the conflict broke out, I said that God does not want war in Iraq. Even then one could see that the consequences would be terrible,” the bishop said.

“And in fact, the cruelty and the killing have increased from day to day. Children, youths, the old, the sick, we are all suffering, because the world is not thinking of what’s good for the Iraqi people,” he said.

“Everyone is thinking of their own interests and so the Iraqis have been forgotten. Terrorism is increasing, and with it the number of orphans and widows,” he said.

“So often we go out of our homes uncertain whether we’ll return safe and sound. The kidnappings, the kamikazes, the car bombs, the missiles: You cannot eat calmly, study calmly or pray calmly,” he said.

“So many people are afraid to come to church, and so many children are afraid to go to school,” he said.

“Only the Lord can do something for Iraq,” the bishop said.

To read the complete story, visit Catholic News Service.

Also, see the complete story for Catholic Relief Agencies: War’s result – Third of Iraqi children now malnourished four years after U.S. invasion

“VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) – Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Iraq say that malnutrition rates have risen in Iraq from 19 percent before the US-led invasion to a national average of 28 percent four years later.”

The Catholic aid agencies said, in a March 16 statement, that rising hunger has been caused by high levels of insecurity, collapsed healthcare and other infrastructure, increased polarization between different sects and tribes and rising poverty.”

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