Eric Garris directs our attention to Justin Raimondo’s stirring December 29th tribute to John Paul II as a man of peace. To jog our memories, I note in particular an article that Justin linked to from the National Catholic Reporter, “Pope’s `answer to Rumsfeld’ pulls no punches in opposing war“.
Archbishop Renato Martino, taking point on this issue for the Pope, is quoted as saying, “War is bloodshed, destruction, disaster and death”. Also, “There will be an increase in terrorist acts, I’m sure…”. And, “Pointing to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Martino challenged Bush and the West to resolve it before striking Iraq. ‘There is a double standard. We already have a war, why don’t you stop that one instead of starting another one?'”
Most directly regarding the war, “the Catholic response to a ‘preventive war’ in Iraq is a resounding “no,” [Martino] said.”
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”8:17 pm on April 2, 2005 Email Stephen W. Carson