Shame For Bishops

Bishop Robert Lynch didn’t mince words when talking about the prospect of war, including a serious lament for what transpired a decade ago:

I am ashamed to say that the Catholic Church in the United States sadly gave President George W. Bush largely a free pass on Iraq. It was a shame then and its consequences even now are incredible. The USCCB did not even react strongly in defense of Blessed John Paul II when he sent Cardinal Pio Laghi (formerly Nuncio to the United States and thought to be a friend of the Bush Family) to personally ask President Bush not to take that action and the President “blew him off.”

If the US military is employed in or even in the skies of Syria, I suspect that some of the president’s political enemies will voice their skepticism more publicly than opponents did in 2003.

The “free pass” bishops will likely not be blowing off the pope this time around.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Shame For Bishops

  1. Liam says:

    An even greater shame were the many Catholic clerics who provided cover in various ways for torture once our torture was exposed.

  2. John McGrath says:

    The Free Pass Bishops are Republican junior partners. Therefore they looked the other way on Bush. They hate Obama. So they will condemn him. This has nothing to do with their consciences.

    I also think they are beginning to realize that Pope Francis, in reality the nice guy he appears to be, will nevertheless will not tolerate bishops who do not support his anti-war efforts.

  3. John McGrath says:

    I sent this to my Senators.

    Principles of Just War

    A just war can only be waged as a last resort. All non-violent options must be exhausted before the use of force can be justified.

    A war is just only if it is waged by a legitimate authority. Even just causes cannot be served by actions taken by individuals or groups who do not constitute an authority sanctioned by whatever the society and outsiders to the society deem legitimate.

    A just war can only be fought to redress a wrong suffered. For example, self-defense against an armed attack is always considered to be a just cause (although the justice of the cause is not sufficient–see point #4). Further, a just war can only be fought with “right” intentions: the only permissible objective of a just war is to redress the injury.

    A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success. Deaths and injury incurred in a hopeless cause are not morally justifiable.

    The ultimate goal of a just war is to re-establish peace. More specifically, the peace established after the war must be preferable to the peace that would have prevailed if the war had not been fought.

    The violence used in the war must be proportional to the injury suffered. States are prohibited from using force not necessary to attain the limited objective of addressing the injury suffered.

    The weapons used in war must discriminate between combatants and non-combatants. Civilians are never permissible targets of war, and every effort must be taken to avoid killing civilians. The deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target.

    Principles of Just War
    Vincent Ferraro, The Ruth C. Lawson Professor of International Politics, Mount Holyoke College

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